Watches and WarningsWatches mean that forecasters have determined that local conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Upon hearing a warning, you should remain alert and ready to take precautions. Watches are broad in scope and cover more area, typically regions of the state. The goal of a Watch is to prepare you that a Warning may be issued at any moment.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted by radar or by visual contact. If a warning is issued for your area, you should take cover immediately. Warnings are typically smaller in scope and issued on a county by county basis.
Watches and Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service which has its own radio network, with weather information presented 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radio in Arkansas is broadcast from the THV11 Transmitter site and is considered "the voice" of the National Weather Service.