Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The National Weather Service is taking public comment on whether they should change their system of classifying winter weather "watches," "warnings" and "advisories" for more straight-forward language.
Is a winter storm warning more serious than a winter storm watch? Or is it the other way around? The National Weather Service is experimenting with new language to simplify the existing system of "watches," "warnings" and "advisories." For instance, this winter you've read Patch weather stories with lines like "the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning." But next winter we'd instead be writing "The National Weather Service has issued a warning for a dangerous snow storm." You can look at side-by-side examples of the current and proposed text from a weather station in Maine. Here are a few more examples: You can tell the Weather Service your opinion through March 31 via this link. Me, I'm skeptical when the government …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Forecasters are warning the timing of an approaching snowstorm may make Monday afternoon and evening commute slippery.
There may be an inch of snow on the ground on Monday evening during the evening commute, according to forecasters at WHDH-TV. "Don't expect a ton of snow, but a general 1-3" falls late Monday afternoon, through the evening, producing slick roads, perhaps in time for the ride home from work," writes meterologist Chris Lambert in his blog. Even though not much snow will fall, Lambert said that the snow "will create slick spots on the roads Monday evening and Monday night." The National Weather Service forecasts that the snow will start between 3-5 p.m. in Hamilton and Wenham The precipitation will change over to sleet later in the evening. Based on the forecast, the weather service has issued a winter weather advisory that runs from 1 p.m. …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Wednesday.
A small snowstorm is expected to roll in just as the morning rush hour starts on Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Hamilton and Wenham through 3 p.m. because 2-4 inches of snow is expected. The storm could actually end up being the biggest storm of the year in the two towns, where only 3-4 inches of snow fells on Dec. 30 in the first storm of the winter. “The snow will continue through mid morning, but probably change to rain and sleet by late morning or early afternoon before tapering off,” the weather service said in issuing its advisory. Untreated roads are expected to be slippery on Wednesday morning with reduced visibility too.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Wednesday night because several inches of snow are expected to accumulate.
A forecast that midday on Wednesday called for just a coating of snow has now been bumped up to the possibility of 1-4 inches of snow by Thursday morning. At 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Hamilton and Wenham plus most of the North Shore. The advisory runs through 7 a.m. on Thursday. Snow has already begun to accumulate by 9:30 p.m. and some roads were snow covered and slippery. It is the first accumulating snow of the winter of 2012-13. A winter weather advisory is issued when snow or ice is in forecast but accumulations are expected to be light. “Snow will continue to affect the region well into the overnight hours,” the weather service said in its advisory. “The precipitation may…