You might have gotten a ‘snow squall warning’ alert on your phone. What does that mean?

MADISON, Wis. — Many people across parts of Wisconsin got a new kind of weather warning on their phones Friday evening and Friday night.

Much of the state saw a “snow squall,” but because it’s a new type of warning from the National Weather Service that has never been issued yet, you may be wondering what it means.

The National Weather Service defines a snow squall as a short, intense burst of snow that can reduce visibility and lead to dangerous travel conditions. When one is on the way, the National Weather Service will issue an alert — just like they would for a tornado or severe thunderstorm.

Meteorologist Chris Reece breaks down what happens if you find yourself in the middle of a snow squall.

You can stay up-to-date on the weather conditions in your area and get all weather-related warnings delivered straight to your phone with our free First Warn Weather App.