How can I understand the difference between weather alerts?

Knowing what various weather alerts mean is crucial when it comes to protecting yourself and your family.
  • A watch gives advance notice that conditions are favorable for dangerous weather. If a severe storm watch or other type of watch is issued for your area, be alert for changing weather conditions.
  • A warning requires immediate action and is only used when severe weather is about to strike.
You can find information on how to sign up for alerts in your area at

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