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Watches & Warnings: What you need to know

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jan 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-26 14:53:14-05

Meteorologists use the words "watch" and "warning" in their forecasts. Both words are used to inform viewers of possible dangers, but they do have different meanings. 

A  winter weather "watch" is usually issued about 12-36 hours ahead of the expected event. A winter weather watch means that it is likely that severe winter weather like sleet, freezing rain, or snow will occur. 

A winter weather warning is much more severe compared to a winter weather watch. A warning means that winter weather is already occurring in the area and could be a threat to life or property. 

It it possible that we would could see winter weather watches or warnings in our area on Tuesday, so keep your eyes to the sky!