National Weather Service adds snow squall warnings to list of winter weather warnings

Snow squall warnings will be issued during periods of brief but heavy snowfall.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 5:49 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - A new winter weather warning has been added by the National Weather Service. Snow squall warnings will be issued during periods of brief but heavy snowfall.

Snowfall rates can range between one to three inches per hour during in a snow squall. Visibility less than a quarter of a mile is also common within such winter storms.

With the rapid change in weather conditions, roads can become slick. Meteorologist Jason Puma believes the new warning will help reduce winter weather related crashes. "They may avoid the warning area, avoid driving and avoid getting in one of those classic chain reaction accidents," said Puma.

Puma also advises travelers to take precautions if caught in a snow squall. "Avoid driving if necessary, postpone your trip. If you're in one of these areas maybe pull off to the side of the road and wait for the storm to pass," said Puma.

The new warning went into effect at the start of the month after successful testing last winter. Warnings will be issued ten to twenty minutes ahead of an approaching squall.

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