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Watch vs. Warning



Weather Understand the difference between a watch and a warning. Click here to go to the National Weather Service to get updates on watches and warnings for the City of Falls Church.




A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.


A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.


An advisory is issued when special weather conditions are less serious than a warning. They are for events that may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.


For information on specific weather terms like Flash Flood Watch, Snow Advisory, Winter Storm Warning, and more, visit the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office website.
 
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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