Since this week is turning out to be unseasonably cool, and it’s the coldest air we have experienced in eastern Nebraska since March, I thought it would be a good time to look ahead to how we alert our viewers to severe winter weather events.
Most people in this area of the country are aware of winter weather watches and warnings, but it’s never a bad idea to refresh your memory. Also, for you newcomers to the region, you will need to familiarize yourself with how the National Weather Service (NWS) classifies winter storm events since we broadcast NWS advisories to keep you informed.
The chart I've added from the NWS shows three of the most common winter weather alerts we might hear about during the season. In addition, keep in mind that a watch occurs when severe conditions may develop. If severe conditions are imminent, the warning you see listed is then issued.