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Deciphering the Winter Weather Forecast

Learn the difference between a winter weather advisory, watch and warning — and find out how to prepare for each.

Winter weather is in the forecast, but is it imminent? The specific issued alert can tell you. Learn what each one means to help keep your family safe this winter.

Advisory
The National Weather Service issues an advisory when winter conditions are or may soon be present — not as serious as a warning.

Watch
Severe winter weather has been predicted, but the exact location, timing, type, and amount of precipitation are uncertain.

Warning
Dangerous winter weather is occurring or has a very high probability of occurring.

How to React to Specific Winter Weather Conditions
Know what to do when the following conditions are in the forecast:

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