Watch or Warning, What's the Difference?

In the spring we see so many weather alerts. We're bombarded by watches and warnings. It's hard to keep it all straight. But there is a difference between the time to be cautious and the time to act.

A watch means the atmosphere is ripe for storms that can produce life-threatening situations. They will be issued an hour or two before anything actually happens. Watches to look for include flash flooding, severe thunderstorm, and tornado. A watch means we're watching for severe weather.

A warning is issued when dangerous weather conditions are in your area. A tornado, large hail, or flash flooding is an immediate threat to you and your family. A warning means take immediate action.