A Winter Storm Watch was issued Wednesday afternoon across several counties in our viewing area. Southeast Texas is anticipating a strong cold front early Thursday morning allowing for rain chances and below freezing temperatures.
The watch was put in place for the anticipated weather Thursday night into Friday morning. A Winter Storm Watch is put in place to raise awareness for an upcoming storm. As the weather system approaches the National Weather Service will continue to monitor the storm and decide if a warning should be issued.
Watch vs Warning
The National Weather Service will issue a Winter Storm Watch if there is the potential for sleet/freezing rain accumulation of 0.12 inches or the possibility for there to be 2 inches or more of snow. A Winter Storm Warning will be issued if the current conditions are all coming together and favoring for accumulations to reach the totals above.
A Winter Storm Advisory will be issued if there are minor impacts from less than 2 inches of snow and a minor ice or frost accumulations on bridges/overpasses.
It is important to keep in mind that the criteria for a Winter Storm Watch/Warning varies across the country. Different areas are used to varying strength of storms. The northern states are prepared for/used to 2 inches of snow while Southeast Texas rarely sees snow at all.