POLICY REFERENCES

WINTER WEATHER WATCH/WARNING/ADVISORY

 
PRODUCT: Winter Weather Watch/Warning/Advisory (WSW)

REFERENCE: WSOM Chapter C-42

ISSUED BY:  All warning offices

PURPOSE:  The WSW is issued when hazardous conditions associated with a winter weather event are occurring, imminent, or expected.  These may include snow, freezing rain, sleet, wind chill, or a combination of events.  The product may be in the form of a watch (when the event is expected but not imminent), a warning (when the event is occurring/imminent and a threat to life and property), or an advisory (when the event is occurring/imminent and an inconvenience).

CHANGES:  OML 4-98 defines the “segmented” format to be utilized in WSW products.  For Freeze Warnings, refer to NPW guidance.

COMMENTS: While the product ID for an WSW is cccWSWxxx, the product’s MND header should appear as “URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE”.  Each segment of the product should then be headlined with the appropriate watch/warning/advisory.  If multiple watches/warnings/advisories are in effect, then the headlines may be combined.

CONTACT:  Larry Vannozzi, W/SR1x4, (817) 978-2652 x 106
 
 

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Last updated September 14, 2000
Dianna Taylor