By Andrea Romano
January 31, 2019
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Now that we’ve all gotten used to using the term “polar vortex,” here’s a new one for you: snow squall.

If you were in the New York City area on Jan. 30, you have to admit: That 20-minute snowstorm was pretty wild.

Up until then, the city has experienced barely a touch of snow this winter, beside a few flakes that immediately melted on the sidewalk. But this was totally not what most New Yorkers expected.

It wasn’t exactly on par with the storm currently hounding the Midwest and freezing out Chicago, but it was special to us.

Around 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the New York Post, the “micro-blizzard” swallowed up Manhattan (and the outer boroughs) for a short period of time.

The storm, which began suddenly and quickly gained momentum, died down around 3:55 p.m, reported the New York Post. What a time to be alive.

But just in case you missed it, Twitter user Jordan Thompson-DeSon captured the whole show, and even squished it into a 30-second time-lapse video.

Twitter user Matt McDermott also captured the snow in a time-lapse video, from another point of view.

Meanwhile, other users posted their own videos and photos of the truly momentous occasion.

New Yorkers woke up to an even colder morning on Thursday, but luckily, no snow squalls are in the works. 

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