The arrival of Winter is approaching. Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow in its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice. Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.
We have broken down information on winter alerts, warnings and advisories describing the different types of winter storms. Regardless on whether the news stations just over estimated the storm or if it shifted completely, when keeping up with the news there are some key terms that identify the degree of severity.
- Winter Storm Outlook– A winter storm outlook means that there are storm conditions in the forecast. Giving people plenty of notice that a storm could be hitting them in the upcoming days.
- Winter Weather Advisory– This is what we hear most of the time. A storm that will not bury or have life threatening outcomes but will be more of an inconvenience. While winter weather advisory may not keep you off the roads, it will certainly remind you do be careful and take extra precautions when heading outside.
- Winter Storm Watch– A ‘watch’ means be on the lookout. The storm will be here in the next day or two and you should start preparing.
- Winter Storm Warning– A ‘warning’ means expect the worst conditions. The storm will start within 24 hours and extreme caution should be taken.
Next time a big winter storm is in the news, check out what warning the meteorologist are reporting and you will know what to expect! If you are looking for more protection for your event, get in contact with us to find more information on Weather Insurance. Speak to a representative at 888-882-5440 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.