National Weather Service Introduces a New Type of Snow Warning
During the winter, zero visibility can lead to dangerous, even deadly travel conditions presenting the need for a new snow warning.
The National Weather Service (NWS) will begin to issue 'Snow Squall Warnings' January 3, 2017. Snow squalls drop visibility and slicken roads with heavy blowing snow. The new localized notice will inform travelers of the danger they face from low or no visibility during short-term bursts of heavy snow.
A snow squall warning will be issued by seven NWS offices that include State College, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, New York; Binghamton, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Detroit; Pittsburgh and Cheyenne, Wyoming in the Lower 48 starting in early January and look something like this.
NWS will issue the localized warning to local and county government agencies, TV and radio stations, and broadcast via the Emergency Alert System.