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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
903 AM CST Sat Nov 19 2016

...This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week...

The key to a good winter weather forecast, warning or advisory
starts with good observations. An important component of this is the
reports the National Weather Service receives from citizen
observers. Help the National Weather Service by providing reports of
snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice jam flooding.

To learn how to properly measure winter precipitation, visit or or

There is also a smartphone application that allows citizen observers
to provide reports of winter precipitation to the National Severe
Storms Laboratory. Visit for more information.

National Weather Service Chicago has a network of volunteer ice
spotters that provide observations of ice formation and extent on
areas. This information is vital in the event of ice jam flooding.
Visit for information on becoming an ice

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