NWS Winter Product Changes

Following up to my most recent weather blog post, I want to give you more details on the changes the National Weather Service will make to winter weather products on October 2. The NWS is implementing changes to more effectively communicate its hazard messages based on feedback from the public, and social and behavioral scientists.  

The following information is from the NWS, and explains the changes:

Product Consolidation and Reformatting:

    • Consolidate Lake Effect Snow Advisory and Freezing Rain Advisory into Winter Weather Advisory
    • Consolidate Lake Effect Snow Watch and Blizzard Watch into Winter Storm Watch
    • Consolidate Lake Effect Snow Warning into Winter Storm Warning (selected sites only)
    • Reformat all winter products into a “What, Where, When, Additional Details, and Precautionary/Preparedness Actions” format.

 The NWS says while the five consolidated products noted above will no longer be issued, the service will still be provided. Instead of issuing products specifically catered to lake effect snow, freezing rain, and blizzards (only in the case of watches for blizzards), the information will be provided in the "what" section of existing products. 

Reformatting will bring a more clear and organized look and feel to the products. Critical decision-making details will be more readily available and easier to find with the new format mentioned above. 

I've added a couple of graphics that highlight the changes, and break down the specific information you can expect to see from 3 News Now, a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.  

Just to be clear, we don't issue watches, warnings or advisories. The NWS is responsible for issuing those notices. Once they share the information with us, we will crawl it on the bottom of your TV or go to air with the information.

 Winter weather will be here before you know it, so it’s always good to be prepared.

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