Kinds of weather broadcasts
The general types of weather alerts that you might hear:
- A Warning indicates a hazard which is a significant threat to public safety and/or property. The event is imminent or has a very high probability of occurring.
- A Watch means the conditions are favorable for the hazard but the start time, probability of occurrence and/or location is uncertain. Stay alert.
- An Advisory is less serious than a warning. These events may cause significant inconvenience. Caution is needed.
A warning is worse than a watch.
Some specific winter weather broadcasts include the following:
- Winter Storm Watch – Severe winter weather conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, are possible in your area.
- Winter Storm Warning – Hazardous winter weather conditions are occurring or will occur within 12 hours. Stay indoors!
- Blizzard Warning – Winds of at least 35 miles per hour and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of several hours or longer.
- Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected
- Wind Chill Warning - Wind chill temperatures are life threatening.
- Wind Chill Advisory - Wind chill temperatures are potentially hazardous.
Tune into a NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television to hear emergency weather alerts