Introduction and Consent

As part of the ongoing Hazard Simplification Project, the National Weather Service (NWS) is proposing to reduce the number of (consolidate) our Winter Weather hazard messages (products). We are also considering reformatting these products for the purpose of clarifying our hazard messages.

Consolidation Portion of Proposal: First, we propose a consolidation of the Lake Effect Snow Advisory and Freezing Rain Advisory products into a single "Winter Weather Advisory" product.  In addition, we propose consolidating the Blizzard Watch, and Lake Effect Snow Watch products into a single "Winter Storm Watch" product. Finally, for selected locations (to be determined), we propose consolidating the Lake Effect Snow Warning product into the Winter Storm Warning product.

Reformatting Portion of Proposal: We also propose modifying all of our Winter Weather products into a "What", "Where", "When", "Additional Details" and "Precautionary/
Preparedness Actions" information ordering format. 

In this survey you will see a series of product examples.  The winter weather products as they are created today will be shown first, followed by the proposed reformatted and consolidated product examples based on the same information. You may have taken a similar survey this past autumn, which provided important feedback leading to the creation of the proposed products presented here. We ask these questions again now, as we have integrated the responses from the first survey into a specific set of proposed changes. So, your input at this stage is extremely valuable even if you already took the other survey.

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