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Winter Weather Conditions for the West; Severe Weather Potential for the South on Tuesday

A strong cold front will track across the Intermountain West today accompanied by strong winds, heavy snow and elevated fire weather conditions for portions of the western High Plains. This storm is forecast to intensify on Tuesday across the Plains. Moisture will quickly advance northward across the middle and lower Mississippi Valley where tornadoes and damaging winds are expected. Read More >

 

 

 


Text of all SIGMETs Around Contiguous Western US

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Description of Convective and Non-Convective SIGMETs

SIGMETs are Inflight Weather Advisories for Significant Meteorological hazards. A SIGMET is "widespread" in that it covers an area of at least 3,000 square miles. Note that the particular hazard may be present in only a small portion of the area at any particular time. SIGMETS are issued for:
  • Severe Icing (not associated with thunderstorms -- otherwise, it is a Convective SIGMET)
  • Severe Turbulence (similarly, only if not associated with thunderstorms)
  • Duststorms and sandstorms lowering visibility to less than three miles
  • Volcanic Ash

Convective SIGMETs are issued for severe convective activity, which implies severe turbulence, severe icing, and low-level wind shear. Specifically:
  • Embedded thunderstorms
  • A line of thunderstorms
  • Thunderstorms with heavy precipitation affecting 40%+ of an area at least 3,000 square miles
  • Surface winds 50+ knots due to severe thunderstorm
  • Hail 3/4+ inches in diameter
  • Tornadoes


Map of SIGMETs (including International)