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Weather Service to Begin Issuing Snow Squall Warnings

There is a new kind of winter warning that will alert people to small, but strong, snow systems. Beginning this winter, the National Weather Service will begin issuing Snow Squall Warnings. A “snow squall” is a very narrow band of moderate to heavy snow that can significantly reduce visibility and make driving dangerous. The systems are similar to fast-moving thunderstorms, except they bring snow rather than rain. The weather service’s Snow Squall Warnings will last for less than an hour, a much shorter time period than other winter warnings or advisories. The warning will cover only the snow squall and the area it’s moving into, rather than entire counties. During Snow Squall Warnings, travel should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

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