The National Weather Service defines winter storms as:
Winter Storm Watch: A storm has formed and is approaching the area. People in the alerted area should keep listening for the latest advisories over radio and television and begin to take precautionary measures.
Winter Storm Warning: A storm is imminent and immediate action should be taken to protect life and property.
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