COLD Weather Alert - Winter Basics

Watches and Warnings
When severe winter weather threatens your area, it's essential that you listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated information. Make sure you are familiar with the various winter-related watches and warnings.

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Declared when winter weather conditions are expected to cause difficulty and might be dangerous. With caution, these situations should not become life-threatening.
  • Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow or ice, are possible within the next day or two. Prepare now.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter conditions have begun or are about to begin in your area. Stay indoors.
  • Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds will combine to produce blinding snow with near zero visibility, deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill. Seek shelter immediately.


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