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The difference in winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories

Monday the 7th officially kicks off Missouri Winter Weather Preparedness Week. This week is meant to highlight different terminology and tips to help keep you safe and in the loop when winter weather strikes. Each day different topics are highlighted. Monday is winter weather terminology.

Many people can sometimes get winter storm watches, advisories, and warnings confused with one another causing potential safety concerns.

A winter storm watch typically is issued in order to communicate with the public that a winter storm is possible, typically extended from 36 hours and further. The public under this watch should understand that a winter storm is probable.

A winter weather advisory is issued whenever winter weather events are expected and range from 12 to 36 hours out ahead of the event. Some traffic conditions could be expected such as some light coating of snow on roadways. Minor issues can be experienced in terms of safety with travel.

A winter storm warning is similar to a winter weather advisory as the time span of one being issued extends from 12-36 hours away from an event. This warning also means an event is expected to happen. The main difference is that travel conditions and other negative implications pose a large danger to the public if precautions aren't taken.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms.

Chance joined the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February 2021. He is currently the weekday noon meteorologist.


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