If you’ve ever lived in an area that gets snow, then you’ve probably heard the terms winter storm watch, winter storm warning and blizzard before… but does anyone really know what they mean? Even we here at the Chapter find it all a little confusing, so we thought it would be a good thing to look into so we know what they’re talking about on our favorite weather stations!
Winter Storm Outlook-Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
Winter Storm Watch-Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Winter Weather Advisory- Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
Winter Storm Warning- Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.
Blizzard Warning- Strong winds; blinding wind-driven snow; dangerous wind chill is expected; it is strongly advised to take shelter.
Is your school, company or other organization prepared for warnings such as these? If not, you might benefit from a Be Red Cross Ready presentation that addresses issues such as winter preparedness! For more information, please contact Denise Herkey-Jarosch, Regional Coordinator, NYS Citizens Preparedness Program at (716) 878-2231 to set up a presentation, or visit the Chapter online for winter preparedness tips.