For decades, the National Weather Service has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system to alert users of forecasted hazards.
The weather service believes in many ways, the WWA system has been highly effective in protecting life and property, although the service has also learned that some users find the WWA terms confusing.
“So generally, when we have more than two to three inches of snow per hour – sometimes we’ll get two inches of snow in 20 to 30 minutes – those intense snowfall rates are what causes all kinds of problems on our highway, so we’ll be issuing warnings for that,” said Warning Coordinating Meteorologist David Nicosia.
The Binghamton-based meteorologist explained how that weather station is one of only a few in the country trying a new winter squall warning system.
“This is the first year that we’re doing this, and it’s only a select offices, and Binghamton is one of them,” said Nicosia. “There’s only seven offices in the United States that are doing these warnings.”
If you want to learn more about new winter squall warnings, listen to our On Demand presentation of Meet Cortland County.