Changes to winter weather alerts

Starting this winter, there will be changes to how the National Weather Service will be issuing winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories. In the past, the National Weather Service issued specific types of warnings based on specific weather ev

Posted: Oct 6, 2017 10:10 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2017 3:42 PM

Starting this winter, there will be changes to how the National Weather Service will be issuing winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories.  In the past, the National Weather Service issued specific types of warnings based on specific weather events.  Here's a list of the types of warnings, watches, and advisories that will be discontinued going forward:

Lake effect snow advisory - 4" of lake effect snow in 12 hours
Freezing rain advisory - any amount of freezing rain
Blizzard warning - 35mph winds and whiteout conditions for 3 consecutive hours
Blizzard watch
Lake effect snow watch

Instead, the National Weather Service is consolidating the different types of winter weather alerts.  From now on these will be the three standard alerts issued during the winter:

Winter weather advisory
Winter storm watch
Winter storm warning

Each advisory, watch, and warning will include the specific hazards expected.  For example, conditions that would trigger a lake effect snow warning will now trigger a winter storm warning.  A freezing rain advisory will now be called a winter weather advisory.  The National Weather Service will include specific details on their website weather.gov for specific details.

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