When Winter hits central New York we are inundated with alerts; watches, warnings, advisories, but what the heck do they all mean? The National Weather Service is making it less complicated with the Hazard Simplification Project. Thank God!

The confusing terms in weather alerts will now feature shorter messages detailing the what, where and when. That's all we really need to know right? What's coming. Where it'll be and when it'll hit.

National Weather Service

The Haz Simp Project says goodbye to watches and winter weather advisories by "reducing hazard types, combining winter hazards with similar impacts into a broader category."

We may get to hear a lot of the new alerts this Winter with experts predicting a snowier season in central New York this year.

The National Weather Service will make similar changes to flooding, marine, wind and extreme temperature alerts within the next year.


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