Warning vs Watch: How to Prepare
Now that Winter in upon the region, it is important to stay informed and up to date on the latest weather conditions. Understanding weather terminology will guide you on how to prepare for an inclement forecast.
Ready.gov explains the difference between a winter storm warning, watch and advisory as follows:
Winter Storm Warning - issued 12-24 hours before hazardous winter weather, in the form of heavy snow, freezing rain or heavy sleet is expected.
Winter Storm Watch - issued 12-48 hours before the possibility of heavy snow, freezing rain or heavy sleet is expected.
Winter Weather Advisory - issued for snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet accumulations that will cause significant inconveniences and dangerous conditions.
In preparation for any upcoming winter storm the following tips are recommended:
- Weather strip your windows and doors to keep the cold and the elements outside
- Stock up on bottled water, food and prescriptions
- Insulate your Pipes
- Consider a backup generator
- Purchase batteries for flashlights and radios
- Stay informed with weather apps and notifications
Whatever the weather may bring, you can count on SERVPRO of Dover/Middletown. We are here to help 7 days a week.