What Winter Weather Warnings Mean?

Did you ever wonder what the difference is between a winter storm watch, warning, or advisory? Well, today you’re going to find out. Knowing the difference might save the lives of your family, and of course yourself. Emergency preparedness and resiliency are the keys to your family’s survival. Be self-reliant.

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Be Aware.  An advisory informs you that winter weather may produce hazardous conditions.
  • Winter Storm Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means that severe winter conditions may affect your area. You’ll have 12 to 36 hours notice.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Take Action! A warning is issued when it forecasts four or more inches of snow or sleet in the next 12 hours. Or, six or more inches in 24 hours, with 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation. Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.
  • Blizzard Warning lets you know that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.