Changes made to National Weather Service advisories

National Weather Service building in Ashwaubenon, August 2, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- This season, when the snow starts to fall, you won't hear as many official messages from the National Weather Service. They hope it makes things simpler to understand.

"It was confusing, sleet, freezing rain, snow, blowing snow, all this. We've simplified that with this project to de-emphasize what we call the advisory but put more emphasis into the impacts. How it will effect me as i travel to school or work," said Jeff Last, NWS Green Bay.

So we won't hear and see all these advisories any more.

"We're emphasizing the important things about the event,' Last said.

  • The lake effect snow watch and blizzard watch will now fall under the winter storm watch
  • The lake effect snow warning will be under the winter storm warning
  • The lake effect snow advisory and freezing rain advisory will be included in the winter weather advisory

So now you'll have five advisories overall:

  1. Winter storm watch
  2. Winter storm warning
  3. Winter weather advisory
  4. Blizzard warning
  5. Ice storm warning

Last says that when freezing rain falls this year, it will still be covered, just under the winter weather advisory heading and the alert will answer the questions: "What is falling out of the sky; where it's going to occur; when and the impacts; how will that impact me as I travel across the area?"

A simple change that could make a big difference.

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