Outlook: An outlook is used to indicate that a hazardous weather event may develop. It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.
Winter Storm Watch: A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, locations, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
Winter Storm Warning/Advisory: These products are issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a high probability of occurrence. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. Advisories are for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.
Severe winter weather conditions that may cause a warning to be issued are:
Less serious conditions that may result in an advisory are:
Snow Advisory: Snow amounts between 1 and 3 inches.
Dense Fog Advisory: visibilities at or below 1/4 mile.
Wind Chill Advisory: wind chill temperatures of -20 degrees or colder.
Freezing Rain/Drizzle Advisory: accumulations making road surfaces, sidewalks, etc. hazardous.
Blowing/Drifting Snow: visibilities intermittently at/or below 1/4 mile.
All winter weather terms will be highlighted in the text of the forecast and in follow-up statements throughout the life of the event.