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Wintry Start to April from the Northern Rockies to the Northern Plains; Intense Storm Off the East Coast

Heavy snow and below normal temperatures will continue to shift across the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains behind a cold front through Friday. Ahead of the front, a wintry mix including some freezing rain is forecast to develop across the eastern Dakotas into the Upper Midwest by Thursday. A strong storm off the Mid-Atlantic coast is producing hurricane-force winds and dangerous seas today. Read More >

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that we have defined the problem, we must decide the most effective course of action for public education to minimize the problem. Obviously, this is a very complicated subject that DOES NOT lie completely within the realm of meteorology, especially when addressing the area of public perception of warnings and public response. The authors feel that there is a need for improvement of the current open country safety guidelines. However, we also feel that simply stating "do not go under the overpass" does not go far enough, nor is it effective. The challenge for us is to provide the best possible sound and practical guidelines of what TO do. Positive reinforcement, in most instances, is a much more effective approach. See slide 21 and slide 22 for further discussion of this topic.

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