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Was Thursday's snow a blizzard?

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Traveling on I-64 Thursday afternoon/night turned into an adventure. The clouds...and not computer models... helped foretell an interesting weather story on what to expect on my return trip from Corydon, In.

                          

After a partly sunny afternoon... the clouds started to lower quickly and almost gave the appearance of thunderstorm outflow clouds. The clouds, however, indicated bands of snow known as snow squalls which can be quite common with arctic air in tow. The clouds look harmless but can pack a quick winter punch in the form of a sudden snow along with drifting snow. Similar to a blizzard but much shorter in duration.

Boom...that is what happened. My pic taken near Lynnville on my return trip resembled just that...blizzard like conditions. Visibility was less than a 1/4 mile with a whiteout conditions at times. My speed on I-64 was cut to just 15-20 miles an hour.  However, visibility improvements after about 15-minutes.

                      

On my way to 14 early the next morning, the stars were out with arctic air locked in...like nothing had happened.

 

Byron

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