How Will The Snow Squall Impact Your Holiday Travel

Weather Forecasts
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What is a Snow Squall? A snow squall is a heavy band of snow that can cause the temperatures to plummet leading to flash freezing of snow/ice on roadways and whiteout conditions. Snow squalls normally do not last long but they do pack a punch and can cause issues on the roads. The snow will come down hard and fast but only produce 0.50 inch to 1.0 inch of accumulation. The heavy snow, strong winds and possible whiteout conditions last several minutes.

The Timing:

Jefferson, Elk, Cameron Counties: The snow squall will arrive between 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Expect heavy snow, strong winds and possible whiteout conditions. If you plan on being on the road around this time make sure you take your time and take it very slow. 

Clearfield and Centre Counties: The snow squall will arrive around 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Again expect heavy snow, strong winds and possible whiteout conditions. If you plan on driving on I-80 around this time expect poor traveling conditions. If you plan on driving west towards Ohio on I-80 the conditions will be poor. If you plan on driving east on I-80 it will not be as bad.

Cambria, Blair and Huntingdon Counties: The snow squall will arrive around 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for these counties. Expect heavy snow, strong winds and possible whiteout conditions. The worst conditions will occur west of I-99 mainly over Cambria county. Blair and Huntingdon counties will still see snow and strong winds but they will not be hit as hard as Cambria county.

Somerset and Bedford Counties: The snow squall will move through between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Somerset county will get hit a bit harder than Bedford county. Expect heavy snow, strong winds and possible whiteout conditions. Again the hardest hit areas will be west of I-99.

What To Take Away: The snow squall will bring heavy snow, strong winds and possible whiteout conditions. It will not produce a lot of accumulation but will cause poor traveling conditions. Snow squall are fast moving but they do pack a punch. Take it slow on the roads and if you come across these weather conditions. The roads will be slick and possibly icy after the snow squall passes.

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