The National Weather Service has added a new warning for dangerous winter weather–a SNOW SQUALL WARNING. Snow squalls are intense bursts of snow that can produce whiteout conditions in seconds, turn dry pavement to snow covered and bring strong, gusty winds.
While snow showers or squalls are not common in Arkansas, they can and do occasionally occur. Think of a SNOW SQUALL WARNING as similar to a severe thunderstorm warning but for snow. If issued, it would cover a limited, specific area for a short time frame ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. While it may not necessarily mean heavy snowfall accumulations are expected, accumulations that could result in difficult or dangerous travel would be possible along with reduced visibility due to falling or blowing snow.