Blowing snow advisory

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A Blowing snow advisory was issued by the National Weather Service of the United States when wind driven snow reduces surface visibility and possibly hampers traveling. Blowing snow may be falling snow, or snow that has already accumulated but is picked up and blown by strong winds. This advisory was discontinued beginning with the 2008-09 winter storm season, replaced by the Winter Weather Advisory for Snow and Blowing Snow. However, if the storm is judged to be dangerous by local forecasters, a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and blowing snow may be issued.

A similar bulletin is issued by Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada but as a Warning.

Example of a blowing snow advisory[edit]

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEORIA IL
659 AM CST MON JAN 2 2009

...NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY BEING REPORTED ACROSS PARTS OF WESTERN
ILLINOIS EARLY THIS MORNING...

.AN INTENSE WINTER STORM WAS MOVING ACROSS WESTERN ILLINOIS EARLY THIS
MORNING BRINGING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ON STRONG NORTH WINDS. A
BAND OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WAS REDUCING VISIBILITY DOWN TO ZERO
IN MANY LOCATIONS ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 7 AND NORTH OF
HIGHWAY 22. THIS BAND OF SNOW WILL MOVE EAST THROUGH PEORIA...LAKEWATER AND DULUTH THIS MORNING. THE SNOW AND BLOWING
SNOW SHOULD BE TAPERING OFF FROM WEST TO EAST THROUGH THE LATE
MORNING HOURS WITH VISIBILITIES IMPROVING.

KSZ030-031-043>046-065-066-081-090-221800-
/O.CON.KDDC.SB.Y.0002.000000T0000Z-091238T0659Z/
PERRY MO-RANDOLPH-STE GENEVIEVE MO-JEFFERSON MO-MONROE-JERSEY-MACOUPIN-ST LOUIS MO-ST CHARLES MO-MARION-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PEORIA...DULTH...
HILLSBORO...RANDOLPH CITY...BURNETTE...LAKE MACOUPIN...FESTUS...DESOTO...
LAKEWATER...MONROE PORT...MOUNT MARION...ST. PRESLEY...SAINT LOUIS...SUNSET HILLS...
ARNOLD...FENTON...MAPAVILLE...OTTO
659 AM CST MON JAN 2 2009

...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON
CST TODAY...

A SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST
TODAY.

WIDESPREAD 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED TO ACCUMULATE ON 25
TO 35 MPH NORTH WINDS THROUGH THE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING HOURS
SATURDAY. WIND GUSTS WILL EXCEED 40 MPH AT TIMES. THE SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE VISIBILITY TO BE REDUCED TO A QUARTER MILE
OR LESS IN SOME LOCATIONS. CONDITIONS SHOULD BE IMPROVING LATER THIS
MORNING AND AFTERNOON AS THE STORM SYSTEM MOVES EAST OF THE
REGION. TRAVEL SHOULD BE POSTPONED UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE BY
MIDDAY.

A SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE
LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. USE
CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

$$

GERARD
 

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