BENNINGTON — A snow squall warning remains in effect until 2:15 p.m. EST today for northeastern Berkshire, southeastern Washington, northeastern Rensselaer, Bennington, and Windham counties.
At 1:26 p.m. EST, a dangerous snow squall was reported along a line extending from Rutland – Southern Vermont Airport to near Stephentown, moving east at 40 mph.
The squall is expected to cause whiteout conditions with near zero visibility, accompanied by intense bursts of heavy snow and gusty winds that could lead to blowing snow.
Wind gusts greater than 50 mph may knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects.
Radar and webcams have confirmed the presence of the snow squall, which is likely to generate dangerous and life-threatening travel conditions.
The warning area includes Bennington, North Adams, Hoosick Falls, and several other locations.
Authorities are urging residents to reduce speed, turn on headlights, and consider delaying travel until the squall passes.
If travel is necessary, they advise extra caution and allowing additional time for potential rapid changes in visibility and slick road conditions that may lead to accidents.
Significant impacts from the snow squall have been observed.
The target areas most at risk are Bennington and Windham counties.