The word winter brings many things to mind. For some, it's bundling up to brave the cold temperatures, school snow closings, and fun-filled days of sledding. For others, it invokes treacherous commutes punctuated by blizzard conditions, slippery roads, and fender benders. This winter, understanding the differences behind National Weather Service's advisories, watches and warnings could save your life or someone you love by knowing the appropriate action to take.
With numerous advisories and warnings currently in effect, this seems an excellent time to remind you about all the weather jargon out in the world, so you can be better prepared for the weather ahead. I came across this article from NOAA, just simply reminding you at home (or at work...web surfing) the terms you need to know when it comes to potentially dangerous or inclement weather.
Or allow me to summarize...
Watch – A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
Warning/Advisory – These products are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.