The National Weather Service Monday morning issued a warning for a possible snow squall in parts of Maryland, including along Interstate 83 in parts of Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties.
Experts warned of poor visibility around 8:30 a.m. caused by heavy and blowing snow, with wind gusts that were forecast to reach 30 mph. The warning lasted until 9 a.m.
Meteorologists warned commuters to reduce speed and turn on headlights as the visibility suddenly dropped in whiteout conditions in some areas.
A snow squall is often associated with strong cold fronts and can move in and out quickly, typically lasting less than an hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Sudden white-out conditions combined with falling temperatures can produce icy roads in just minutes. Although snow accumulations are typically an inch or less, the combination of gusty winds, falling temperatures and quick reductions in visibility can cause extremely dangerous conditions for motorists. the weather service website states.
Time-lapse footage of a snow squall in New York City went viral in December after appearing to swallow up skyscrapers and causing white-out conditions, the New York Post reported at the time.