Weather Service to stop some weather text alerts; Tornado, Flash Flood, other warnings to continue

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Federal weather officials have decided to discontinue some automated text messages alerting the public of weather warnings.

As of last week, text alerts will no longer be sent out for blizzard and ice storm warnings.

Grand Junction National Weather Service  meteorologist Jim Pringle tells KREX-TV that most smart phones already have wireless emergency alert programs that are capable of receiving those messages both at home and while traveling.

Automated text messages will continue to be sent to smart phones located in areas that have tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, hurricane and typhoon warnings, and extreme wind warnings.

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