Nebraskans have enjoyed warmer-than-normal temperatures recently, but like-it-or-not, cold weather is on the way. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Johnson says as winter approaches, one thing people need to know is the difference between a Watch and a Warning.
“A Watch means there’s a 50-50 chance of it happening and those are usually issued two to three days in advance and that gives you a heads up that trouble might be coming,” Johnson says.
“A Warning means there’s about an 80-percent chance of it occurring, and it means you’d better take action at that point. If you’re planning a trip, you might want to consider delaying it or at least double-checking the weather and making sure the roads are passable.”
Johnson says indications are we’ll have a “La Nina” weather pattern this winter, which usually means below-normal temperatures in the northern U-S and above-normal temps in the south. He says that makes it hard to predict how the Midwest region’s weather will end up.
“I hate to say this, but it could go either way because we’re in that gradient between the above-normal temperature and below-normal,” Johnson says. “As far as precip goes, it’s about the same. We’re in a transition zone, so equal chances of being above and below. With this kind of forecast, prepare for the colder weather and what usually occurs here.”
For more information on winter weather preparedness, visit www.weather.gov.