Snow squall brings blinding conditions, arctic temps on the way, Governor activates severe cold weather protocol

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CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — A line of snow squalls moved through the state Wednesday afternoon, causing blinding, white-out conditions and slippery roads. With more blistering cold temperatures on the way, Governor Lamont has issued the State’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol.

According to the National Weather Service, a ‘squall’ is a “quick, intense burst of snow accompanied by strong, gusty winds.” It is short-lived and typically last less than 3 hours.

Squalls are a danger for driving conditions because they rapidly reduce visibility and may cause chain-reaction accidents.

Some of our viewers and WTNH staff captured some great squall footage Wednesday afternoon as the storm moved through the state:

Orange snow squall time lapse – Video: Justin Kearney via ReportIt!

Behind these squalls is bitter cold air, bringing chilling temperatures across the state.

In response, the governor has activated the State’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol which directs state agencies to plan with 211 and shelters to make sure the most vulnerable have a place to stay warm.

It will remain in effect until Saturday morning.

Wednesday night, heating companies are reminding homeowners to be prepared to make sure the heat stays on.

“You don’t want to end up out of oil because the unit needs to be primed and started up. The best bet for the customer is to be on automatic delivery and then you don’t have to worry about if you’re running low or not.”

– Sam Livieri, Apple Oil Company, West Haven

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