A gale of piercingly cold wind, usually accompanied with fine and blinding snow; a furious blast.
A severe storm lasting four or more hours. It is characterized by low temperatures, strong winds and poor visibility due to blowing snow. True blizzard conditions are most common on the prairies of Canada and the United States. Blizzards are a rare occurrence on the west coast and in Atlantic Canada. The Environment Canada has listed the following general criteria for issuing blizzard warnings in Canada: visibility less than 1 kilometer, wind speeds greater than 40 kilometers per hour, high windchill values.
A violent windstorm that carries dry snowflakes and is intensely cold.
A high wind accompanied by great cold and drifting or falling snow.
A very cold wind with blowing snow. Sustained winds (or frequent gusts) reach or exceed 40 mph, and visibilities are restricted to 1/4 mile or less by the blowing snow.
strong winds (greater than 35 mph) and heavy snow or blowing snow combine to produce very poor visibility. There no longer is a temperature criterion for a blizzard.
A storm that produces heavy blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and dangerous wind chill.
A combination of strong wind and blowing or fallen snow.
A heavy snowstorm with very strong winds.
winter storms characterized by low temperatures and strong winds that blow large amounts of snow; other winter storms include ice storms or snow squalls.
Snow with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of 1/4 mile or less, for an extended period of time (eg. 3 hours).
Snow falling with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of 1/4 mile or less.
a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
a blinding snowstorm with strong, cold winds
a North American name for a violent, bitterly cold wind accompanied by blowing snow whipped up from the ground
a severe storm, potentially life threatening, caused by wind-driven snow
a severe weather condition that has traits of low temperatures and strong winds
a severe winter storm with high winds, bitter cold, and low visibility because of blowing snow
a storm which contains heavy snowfall, strong winds, and cold
a strong wind blowing snow, which can cover a car, blow it off the road, put out your power and cause you to freeze to death
a terrible thing to waste, and with Rock Creek Park across the street, I must strike while the snow is pure, before all the walkers have stomped it all into a mess
a winter storm characterized by high winds, low temperatures, and driving snow
a severe winter storm with winds above 40 km-h, some snowfall and visibility less than 1 km. Low temperatures are also possible, but are not necessary for a blizzard to occur. Blizzards can occur in any part of Canada except parts of southwestern British Columbia; the Prairies and the Maritimes are the most often and most severely affected.
winds of at least 35 miles per hour along with considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than one-quarter mile for a period of at least three hours. (xtremely cold temperatures often are associated with dangerous blizzard conditions, but are not a formal part of the modern definition.)
A severe winter storm producing considerable accumulations of snow, sustained or frequent wind gusts to 35mph or greater, visibilities near or frequently below 1/4 mile and bitter wind chill equivalent temperatures.
A violent winter storm with winds above 32 mph/51 kph, and visibility less than 500 feet/150 meters because of falling and blowing snow. Sometimes â€œground blizzardâ€ is used to describe a storm in which all the airborne snow has been resuspended from that which had previously fallen.
the most severe type of winter storm, characterized by winds of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour or greater, large quantities of falling or blowing snow, and low temperatures.
A winter storm with winds so strong, it picks up dry snow off the ground, which greatly reduces visibility.
includes winter storm conditions of sustained winds greater than thirty-five mph that cause major blowing and drifting of snow, reducing visibility to less than one-quarter mile.
A winter storm with strong winds and heavy snow
Winds of 35 mph or more along with considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than one-quarter mile for three or more hours. Extremely cold temperatures often are associated with dangerous blizzard conditions, but are not a formal part of the definition. The hazard created by the combination of snow, wind and low visibility significantly increases, however, with temperatures below 20 degrees. An online weather graphic illustrates the kind of conditions experienced in a blizzard. See "blizzard warning" below.
Sustained or gusty winds of 35 mph or more and falling or blowing snow creating visibility's at or below a quarter of a mile. These conditions should last for at least three hours.
A winter storm which produces the following conditions for at least 3 hours: 1) sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater 2) considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile.
A storm where the following conditions prevail for three hours or more: sustained winds of 50 mph or more and considerable falling/blowing snow frequently reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile. Wind speeds of greater than 75 mph are required over the Sierra Nevada. There is no temperature requirement but if the temperature falls below 20 degrees, the life- threatening wind chill will be highlighted.
A severe winter storm characterized by very cold temperatures, high winds, and blowing snow.
severe winter weather condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds above 40 km/h, visibility of less than 1 km due to blowing snow and lasting three hours or more.
a severe winter storm that brings high winds, low temperatures, and blowing snow.
A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures and strong winds (greater than 35 mph) bearing a great amount of snow, either falling or blowing. When these conditions persist after snow has stopped falling, it is called a ground blizzard.
is snow falling with winds faster than 35 miles per hour and visibility of a quarter mile or less over an extended time period.
severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds of 32 mph or higher, and sufficient snow for visibility to be reduced to less than 500 ft
A severe snow storm featuring sustained winds of more than 32 miles per hour, temperatures 10 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, and visibility of 500 feet or less.
A snowstorm accompanied by winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of a ¼ mile or less for an extended period of time.
A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures and strong winds bearing a great amount of snow, either falling or picked up from the ground.
A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and reduced visibility from falling or blowing snow.
A severe storm lasting three or more hours. It is characterized by low temperatures, strong winds and poor visibility due to blowing snow. True blizzard conditions are most common on the prairies of Canada and the United States. Blizzards are a rare occurrence in Atlantic Canada. The Atmospheric Environment Service has listed the following general criteria for issuing blizzard warnings in Canada: visibility less than 1 kilometer wind speeds greater than 40 kilometers per hour temperature less than -10 C (-3 C in Atlantic Canada)
severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow in the air to frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for a duration of at least 3 hours. A severe blizzard is characterized by temperatures near or below 10Â°F, winds exceeding 45 mph, and visibility reduced by snow to near zero.
Violent winter storm, lasting at least 3 hours, which combines below freezing temperatures and very strong wind laden with blowing snow that reduces visibility to less than 1 km.
A winter storm with winds exceeding 40 km/h, with visibility reduced by falling or blowing snow to less than one kilometre, with high windchill values and lasting for at least three hours. All regional definitions contain the same wind speed and visibility criteria but differ in the required duration and temperature criterion.
A blinding snow storm with a very strong, cold wind
Winter severe weather condition characterized by strong wind, blowing snow, and cold temperatures.
severe weather condition characterized by high winds and reduced visibilities due to falling or blowing snow. The U.S. National Weather Service specifies a wind of 30 knots (35 miles per hour) or greater, sufficient snow in the air to reduce visibility to less than 400 m (0.25 miles). Earlier definitions also included a condition of low temperatures, on the order of âˆ’7Â°C (20Â°F) or lower, or âˆ’12Â°C (10Â°F) or lower (severe blizzard). The name originated in the United States but it is also used in other countries. In the Antarctic the name is given to violent autumnal winds off the ice cap. In southeastern France, the cold north wind with snow is termed blizzard ( see also boulbie). Similar storms in Russian Asia are the buran and purga. In popular usage in the United States and in England, the term is often used for any heavy snowstorm accompanied by strong winds.
A blizzard is a severe winter storm condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy blowing snow. Blizzards are formed when a high pressure system, also known as a ridge, interacts with a low pressure system; this results in the advection of air from the high pressure zone into the low pressure area. The term blizzard is sometimes misused by news media to describe a large winter storm that does not actually satisfy official blizzard criteria.