WHAT DOES THAT WARNING MEAN?
When a warning is issued during the winter season, will you know what it means, and will you know how to respond?
A Hazardous Weather Outlook is issued daily by each National Weather Service office serving Colorado. The outlook provides information on potentially hazardous weather out to 7 days into the future. Also, the Weather Story, a graphic of expected hazardous weather, is posted daily on National Weather Service websites serving Colorado.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
A Winter Storm Watch is issued when hazardous winter storm conditions are possible within the next 3 to 4 days, but the timing, intensity, or occurrence may still be uncertain.
In contrast, a Winter Storm Warning is issued for potentially life-threatening winter storm conditions, such as heavy snowfall or a combination of snowfall and blowing snow, which are likely to occur within the next 1 to 2 days.
Warning criteria for heavy snow is defined by the following amounts.
A Blizzard Warning is issued when the following conditions are expected to occur for at least 3 hours:
A High Wind Warning is issued for the following conditions:
A Wind Chill Warning will be issued for the following wind chill temperatures...
A Dust Storm Warning will be issued for the following conditions:
Advisories for winter weather are issued for potentially hazardous conditions which are considered more of a nuisance than a life-threatening situation. However, if caution is not taken the advisory events could become life-threatening.