Winter Weather Terms You Should Know

December 9, 2016

Senior Care in Rockland NY

As a family caregiver it is your responsibility to do what is necessary in order to keep your aging parent as safe, healthy, and comfortable as possible throughout the year. While there are many things that you can do to help protect your aging parent, one that many caregivers overlook is making sure that they are properly prepared for the weather that might arise during each season. As the winter draws closer, it is important to review the weather terms that you might hear so that you can better prepare for these weather events when they happen.


Some of the winter weather terms that you are likely to hear during the winter season include:

Freezing rain. This term applies to rain that begins liquid and freezes as soon as it touches the ground. This creates a dangerously slippery coating of ice on everything from sidewalks and roads to trees.

Sleet. This type of rain starts liquid but solidifies into pellets of ice before it hits the ground. This weather can cause the moisture on the ground to freeze.

Winter storm watch. If you hear that there is a winter storm watch in the area, it means that a storm is possible. This could include snow, ice, or other conditions, but it is uncertain when these conditions will impact the area. This type of watch is generally put up approximately 12 to 36 hours before a severe storm.

Winter weather advisory. This is a less serious situation than a storm watch. It means that there will be weather conditions that will cause inconveniences, but should not be life-threatening if you use the proper caution.

Winter storm warning. This warning means that a storm will soon occur. This can be upgraded to a blizzard warning which means that there will be sustained winds of 35 miles per hour or more, or serious gusts along with significant snow fall that will reduce visibility and last for at least three hours.


The winter season is an ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for your aging parent. With the challenges and demands of low temperatures, high winds, snow and ice, lower sunlight, and the holiday season, this time of year can be much more difficult for your elderly loved one and for you as their family caregiver. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as their personality, believes, lifestyle, and goals. This means that they will receive everything that they need to stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe, while maintaining as much independence and activity as possible. When it comes to helping them handle winter weather, this care provider can help your parent keep track of the weather predictions and understand the different weather terms used so that they can make the proper decisions to handle that weather when it arises. This can help you to feel peace of mind knowing that no matter what the winter season brings, your aging parent will have support, care, and assistance designed to give them the highest quality of life possible.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Rockland, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!




Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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