Watches vs. Warnings

In advance of approaching storms, the National Weather Service issues watches and warnings for severe weather, providing much needed information to citizens so they are able to make sound judgements about the appropriate actions to take. Watches and warnings are broadcast over the radio and on TV. (see page Act.5 for more information).



What’s the Difference?

  • Watch — Conditions are favorable for the severe weather event in or near the watch area. When a watch is announced, stay alert and be ready to take action.
  • Warning — Severe weather event is imminent or occurring in the warned area. Take action based on the emergency at hand.



Weather Information

Find weather information for North Central Texas online at You’ll find the latest forecasts, watches and warnings, drought information, lake levels, winter weather 
info and more.