The National Weather Service has a new plan for severe weather warnings. Begininning today, April 1, the Service expands "Impact-Based Warnings" to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Forecasters say the more descriptive information is aimed at getting people to safety sooner when severe weather approaches.
The expanded warnings have been tested in Missouri and Kansas and will now be used in 14 states through the upper and middle sections of the country.
Tornado warnings will be issued based on three tiers of information. When a tornado is possible based on radar data, the warnings will more clearly communicate hazards and possible impact.
WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Duluth meteorologist Mike Stewart about “Impact-Based Warnings," as well the weather week ahead.