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The National Weather Service is offering two new surveys on a demonstration to consolidate and reformat winter and flood watches, warnings, and advisories. The demonstration would start during the fall of 2017. 

The proposed changes are based on feedback from surveys conducted in the fall of 2016 and the results of social science research. Analyses indicate that people are sometimes confused by the large number of hazard messages currently issued. Feedback has also indicated NWS should use a consistent format for its hazard messages.

A list of the specific proposals, along with examples of the proposed consolidated and reformatted messages, are contained in the Product Description Document (PDD):

The surveys are available at the following links and will remain open through May 31, 2017.

Proposed winter product changes:

Proposed flood product changes:

Based on the survey results, the NWS may implement some or all of the proposals in the fall of 2017 and may also consider the reformatting and consolidation for other hazards in 2018. A notice would be issued at least 75 days before any changes would be made.