Upstate NY is saying goodbye to lake effect snow watches

10.06.17 | Sarah Harnisch

The National Weather Service says there will definitely be lake effect snow: in fact, we can prepare for a colder and snowier then usual winter.

Lake effect snow watches are being phased out so the weather service can pare down and simplify its vast and confusing weather alerts.

Dave Nicosia, warning coordination meteorologist in the Binghamton office, says lake effect snow warnings are issued so often, they felt if they went to a winter storm warning it might not be understood clearly.

Instead, you'll see a broader winter storm watch issued when snow totals are predicted to be over 6 inches.

Also gone this year: blizzard watches, lake effect snow advisories and freezing rain advisories.

Next year, flood and thunderstorm alerts may change.