November 14, 2022
- Harrisburg, PA
The Wolf Administration, along with the National Weather Service (NWS), is reminding drivers of the threat that snow squalls can pose during the winter months and advised them to observe warnings related to these dangerous weather hazards during Snow Squall Awareness Week, November 14 - 18. "We all have a role to play in staying safe on roadways this winter," said PEMA Director Randy Padfield. "When you get a snow squall warning, the safest thing to do is pause your travel to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, which will help first responders too."
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a snow squall is a brief but intense period of heavy snow (up to 2 inches in 30 minutes), strong winds (30+ mph), and whiteout conditions (visibility less than ¼ mile). Snow squalls often occur on days with otherwise partly cloudy skies. Coming on so suddenly, snow squalls can catch drivers off guard and lead to major transportation impacts, including deadly multi-vehicle accidents.Speakers include:Greg Devoir, NWS State CollegeJonathan Guseman, NWS State CollegeMike Keiser, PennDOT Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway AdministrationMark Compton, PA Turnpike Chief Executive OfficerCorporal Brent Miller, PSP Department Public Information OfficerDirector Randy Padfield, PEMA