We see weather watches and warnings all the time, especially here in the midwest, but what exactly do they mean? Knowing the difference can help keep you and your family safe during a severe weather event.

Watch: Be prepared! The weather conditions are favorable for the event to occur. The watch area will typically cover a large area, potentially even expanding across states. 

Warning: Take action! The severe weather event is expected and you should take appropriate measures to ensure your safety. A warning typically means that the hazard has been sighted or reported nearby, and is expected to impact your location. 


A fun way to remember the differences can be thought of this way:

A watch is where you have all of the ingredients to make a dish, and a warning means that the dish has been made. 

Stay safe McDonough County.