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Winter Warnings Or Blizzards

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Winter storms or Blizzard do not get the recognition that tornado, hurricane, or any other major natural disaster even though all sorts of destructive weather occurs during the winter, such as, Blizzards, nor'easters, ice jams and flooding. You need a few things to have a blizzard: cold air at the surface, moisture, and lift. Warm air must rise over cold air. To be consider a legitimate blizzard The National Weather Service say they must contain large amounts of snow or blowing snow, winds of 35 mph minim, and visibility of 1/4 mile or less for an extended period of time. When these conditions are favorable, The National Weather Service will issue a "Blizzard Warning". When only a couple conditions are predicted at separate times, a "Winter Storm Warning" or "Heavy Snow Warning" may be issued.
Many events may be large in scope and cover a wide geographical area, and if not, they still tend to devastate large areas with power outages, and freezing temperatures. Winter storms can range from a light snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms have large quantities of snow and extremely low and dangerous temperatures and are often accompanied by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. One of the primary concerns is the winter storm's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home, sometimes for days, or even weeks at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region making daily life even impossible.
Unlike tropical systems, winter storms were not given names until 2011. Instead, they are called by the year, the date, the geographic region most affects, or some notable event related to the storm. one of the...

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... storm. That total equals the greatest snowfall in New York City recorded history and breaks a record that had been set in 1947.

The Buffalo Blizzard of 1977: A modest snowfall and brutal winds averaging 45 mph, with gusts of 75 mph would have made for a nasty storm at any time, but an unusually cold and snowy winter had left several feet of packed snow already on the ground. As if that were not bad enough, snow covered much of the frozen surface of nearby Lake Erie, giving the wind even more snow to drift and blow. The result was zero visibility and roads blocked by snow. The storm brought intense cold (the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees in just a few hours) and stranded people at work or, worse, in their cars. The conditions led to 29 deaths in Western New York and Southern Ontario. Storm effects were felt into Canada and as far east as Watertown, N.Y.
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