National Weather Service is getting a radar upgrade. The new equipment will help forecasters get a closer look at rain, hail, tornado and snow particles in the air.
Currently, the weather service sends out horizontal energy waves that inform forecasters about the weather conditions. Unfortunately, that radar has trouble distinguishing the difference between rain and snow.
This new upgrade will send out vertical energy waves along with the horizontal waves which will provide meteorologists with a more detailed look at particles in the air.
"With the upgrade, the difference between a snowflake and a raindrop will be much clearer," warning coordination meteorologist Michael L. Moritz said. "Hopefully we'll know more information about where it's snowing or just when it's raining."
After the update, which is expected to occur in February or March, forecasters will be able to review details about the size and shape of a particle.