Know Your Winter Vocabulary to Help Keep You and Your Family Safe During a Snowstorm!
Winter Storm Warning
Issued when bad winter weather is going to happen in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.
Winter Storm Watch
Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of a Winter Storm.
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet which will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.
(Shared from Albany County's email update!)