The National Weather Service is proposing alternative terms and phrases for our winter weather hazard message headlines. These alternative terms are meant to simplify and clarify the message in the winter weather hazard.
Below are a few examples of the proposed changes.
The current wording of a Winter Storm Watch is: "THE NWS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH"
The proposed wording would rephrase to: "THE NWS FORECASTS THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOWFALL"
The current wording of a Winter Weather Advisory is: "THE NWS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW...."
The proposed wording would rephrase to: "THE NWS ADVISES CAUTION FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW..."
The current wording of a Winter Storm Warning is: "THE NWS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING..."
The proposed wording would rephrase to: "THE NWS HAS ISSUED A WARNING FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS...
Click on the below image for an example of the full Winter Weather Message
To view REAL-TIME examples of the proposed simplification wording of winter time products:
Please provide feedback in this short NWS Product Survey
***This standard survey form is used by NWS for all experimental products. For this demonstration, please focus on the following questions:
Question 3: Let us know what you like about the proposed alternative
Question 4: Let us know what you do not like about the proposed alternative
Question 9: Comment on the current WWA system and suggest alternatives to this proposal
Feel free to reply more than once as you review multiple products during the demonstration.
To ask general questions about this demonstration, or share comments about a specific, dated WFO message, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.We will answer as many questions as possible, depending on volume, and will add responses to frequently asked questions to the FAQ section.