Winter weather is here which means it’s time to review winter weather driving safety and skills. The National Weather Service has developed a new Snow Squall Warning that is now being used nationwide. Snow squalls are a frequent occurrence in our region and here’s what you should know about them.
What is a Snow Squall?
- Quick intense bursts of snow
- Accompanied by strong gusty winds
- Short lived, typically less than 3 hours
- Normally occur during the day
What are the impacts from a Snow Squall?
- Rapidly reduced visibility
- Treacherous travel conditions
- Potential for chain reaction accidents
What is a Snow Squall Warning?
- Warning is usually 30 to 60 minutes in length
- Issued for small areas where snow squalls are expected
- Means snow squalls are happening or about to happen
How can you stay safe?