While the holidays may be over, winter is really just getting started. It’s important to know the difference between winter warnings and watches to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issues watches, warnings and advisories for all winter weather hazards. Use the information below on what they mean and what to do, to make an informed decision on your risk and what actions to take:
Winter Storm Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow or sleet or an ice storm, may affect your area, but where, when and how much is still uncertain. NWS issues a watch to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of possible severe winter weather. A watch is intended to provide enough lead time for you to prepare.
Winter Storm Warning: Take Action! NWS issues a warning when its scientists forecast 4 or more inches of snow or sleet in the next 12 hours, 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations. Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.
Winter Weather Advisory: Be Aware. An advisory informs you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If you exercise caution, advisory situations shouldn’t become life-threatening.
Blizzard Warning lets you know that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.
Remember to listen to your local officials’ recommendations and to a NOAA Weather Radio, which broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the National Weather Service.
The January Harvest of the Month for the Coulee Region Farm2School program is eggs!
The brown cage-free eggs are produced on JRS Country Acres Family Farm located in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. In addition to serving locally raised eggs this month, the school District of Holmen will be celebrating “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!” For the third year in a row the Holmen School District will be serving a lunch that is composed of food grown by its students.
Over 3,000 servings of student-raised chicken will be seasoned and baked then served to the entire student body in all 6 schools. For more information about Farm2School, click here!
Try this Cran-Apple Breakfast Bake on Christmas Morning!