Snow Squall Strikes City

Posted on February 21, 2012 by

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On Tuesday, 3 January 2012, turbulent weather shocked commuters driving through Reading. It was a normal morning…until the snow came.

“It was more like a light dusting that was blowing across the road,” media teacher Sean Gaston said.

It might not have been a lot of snow, but the roads were not prepared for it. Slick roads caused drivers to hit the brakes and drive carefully. Gaston drove through this snow squall on his way to school.

“My car did fishtail once,” he said.

Luckily, there were no major accidents because of the snow. Minor crashes were scattered throughout the squall, causing traffic and delays.

A “squall” is a sudden, localized storm. It can happen with rain, sleet, or snow. Squalls are difficult to predict because they are so small and usually last around a half an hour.

Snow squalls can be very dangerous because of how quickly they occur. The roads become slick as a result of how quickly the snow accumulates, which can lead to many accidents on account of people’s confusion.

Although the squall was in relatively close proximity to our area, many students were unaware of it’s existence.

“I didn’t even know this happened,” sophomore Stephanie Berlin said.

While some students wished the squall would have hit Fleetwood, others were relieved we weren’t affected.

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