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Published February 10, 2014, 10:15 PM

More weather advisories than usual seen scrolling this winter

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's become somewhat of a routine this winter: Turning on the news or waking up to a list of weather related advisories for our region.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's become somewhat of a routine this winter: Turning on the news or waking up to a list of weather related advisories for our region.

Since the season began, we've had nearly 50 in Fargo from the weather service.

Sorry to interrupt, but you've probably noticed weather cut-ins a lot this winter. In the past two months the National Weather Service has issued 47 weather related advisories for the Fargo area. That's about 75% of the time.

Daryl Ritchison - WDAY Meteorologist: “Really, this winter has not been unusual. We've had winters with many more winter storms than this year, we're running below average on snowfall.”

So if the weather is not so much worse, why are the numbers so high?

The answer - wind chill advisories. This year they account for 20 of the 47 total advisories. Add in wind chill warnings and it's more than 50%.

Daryl Ritchison: “The weather service, I don't know why, has issued a lot of wind-chill advisories for various borderline situations, whereas in the past, they did not.”

Some situations so borderline, we don't even interrupt our news to tell you about them.

Ritchison: "We don't crawl those constantly, because most people understand it's cold."

So despite the high number of advisories so far this season, rest assured most of them aren't too serious.

Daryl Ritchison: "It's not impacting people's travel. It's not impacting people's daily lives as much as some of the other advisories, so I really find it difficult to hype that type of advisory."

But make sure to still pay attention, to those that are. In the last 2 months, the Weather Service has issued 10 blizzard related advisories, and 9 winter weather advisories for the Fargo area.

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