What is a Snow Squall Warning?

On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Snow Squall Warning for portions of the Northland, and for some the alarm went off on your phones or TV. A Snow Squall causes extremely poor visibility with heavy snow coming down in a very short period. The National Weather Service said at 1:20 PM a dangerous snow squall stretched from Mahtowa in Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin and was moving east at 50 mph.

Snow squalls can occur with very little warning, and although brief, they can be life-threatening. The dangers of a snow squall is rapidly reduced visibility to near zero in whiteout conditions. Heavy snow and blowing snow can cause disorientation.

Roads can become snow covered and slippery. If you need to travel, you should delay until the squall passes. Snow squalls are often fast moving, but additional moments of hindered visibility are possible.

This particular Snow Squall Warning expired at 1:45 p.m. however the line continued to move to the east. Another warning was issued for
portions of Carlton, Douglas, and Bayfield counties until 2:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service says to pay attention to your surroundings. Sometimes you can see a snow squall coming. If you are driving, try to move to a safe location by finding a exit. Do not slam on your brakes, but reduce your speed and keep a wider distance between you and the car in front of you. As will any storm, turn your headlights on.

For additional severe winter tips visit the WDIO Winter Weather guide.