Winter Storms

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Winter storms affect communities in many ways. Snow, ice, and freezing rain produce dangerous driving conditions. Extreme cold and strong winds cause frostbite and hypothermia. Rapid accumulation of heavy snow can damage buildings and important infrastructure for communications, and cause power outages. In coastal areas, flooding and beach erosion are of major concern. Ice-jammed rivers and sudden thawing of snow can cause serious flood damage in other landscapes as well.

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  • critical issues, database publication, weather hazards, hazards, united states