The parallel for squalls here in the PNW are the outflow/katabatic winds that start high in the mountain snow fields and glaciers and roar out the inlets along the coast. The cold air can be moving very fast. The are dealt with like any wind, they just require you to do it more quickly. The great fear is one finding you in the dark because then you can't see them coming. Fortunately, the weather guys know the conditions that create them and are pretty good at forecasting them.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217