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A lake-effect snow warning is in the forecast ... sort of

One of the National Weather Service's most attention-grabbing weather headlines is coming back to the Buffalo Niagara region this year.

Starting Oct. 1, the weather service will have the "lake-effect snow warning" back in its quiver of products, the agency recently announced.

The weather service shelved the warning last year in favor or the broader "winter storm warning," but its Silver Spring, Md., headquarters said it would reinstate the lake-effect snow warning "in response to partner concerns and feedback."

By definition, the lake-effect snow warning means "when pure lake-effect snow may pose a hazard or it is life-threatening."

"Use of the reinstated product will be optional based on assessed user need and weather forecast offices will still have the capability to issue winter storm warnings for lake-effect snow," the weather service said in a memo.

So, the question is begged: Who are these users that need pure lake-effect snow starting Oct. 1?

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