BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The National Weather Service of Boston (NWS) is advising New England residents to be aware of sudden snow squalls on Saturday afternoon.
The NWS said gusty winds, increasing clouds and scattered snow showers and squalls can be expected throughout the afternoon and evening as a quick-moving artic front passes through the area.
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Snow squalls are intense bursts of snow and wind that happen for a short period of time and can rapidly deteriorated road conditions, according to the NWS. Essentially, they act like short blizzard. Just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon, the organization placed a snow squall warning in effect until 3:30 p.m. for Western Massachusetts, which could experience the bulk of these conditions between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The NWS expects the most intense band of snow and winds to happen between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central and Eastern can expect the heaviest conditions to happen between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. while the coast, Cape Cod and Islands will have the worst of it from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
During this time travel may be difficult, with visibility becoming quickly reduced and flash freezing could happen as well. Wind gusts could reach between 30 and 40 miles per hour.