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Weather Service Testing Simplified Alert

MEDFORD, Ore. — Winter weather watches, warnings, advisories all carry a different meaning with them but the National Weather Service is testing a new system that would clear up any confusion with the terms. Medford is one of 26 locations nation wide and one of only six in the west to test the new system. Meteorologists say the new approach takes out technical jargon and is more straight forward.

“For instance, the old verbiage would be winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect. The new words would be the National Weather Service in Medford continues to advise caution for hazardous winter weather,” said meteorologist for the National Weather Service Mike Ottenweller.

The National Weather Service wants your feedback through March 31st to see if the new terms are preferred over the current system. If you’d like to comment, click here.