The National Weather Service is tasked with issuing alerts when inclement winter weather is forecast. It’s important to know the differences between Watches, Advisories and Warnings.
Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter weather is possible in the next 1 to 3 days. Impacts could change, so keep up with the latest information – especially if you have travel plans.
Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather – such as snow, sleet, icing (freezing rain), gusty winds and/or cold temperatures is expected within the next 24 hours. This will result mainly in travel problems / delays. If you plan on spending time outdoors, be prepared to stay as dry and warm as possible. Advisories for snow are issued for 2 to 5 inches. Advisories for ice are for icing less than 1/4″ thick.
Winter Storm Warning: A Winter Storm is expected within 24 hours. It is expected to result in signficant amounts of snow, sleet, icing, very gusty winds and/or extremely cold temperatures. The impacts will be significant with hazardous travel and possibly extended power outages. Getting stranded outdoors could be deadly.
Warnings for snow are for 6 inches or more. Warnings for icing are for more than 1/4″ thick, which can cause damage to trees and power lines.
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