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Hey, this isn’t a blizzard, if I’m reading my weather-geek info properly. The specifics on different sites vary, but the conditions for the proper use of the term are very similar. A blizzard has:
- High winds. The Canadian government says winds of 40km/hr (25mph) or more. Weather.com says 35mph.
- Significantly reduced visibility.
- Wind chill that brings the temperature far below zero (again, a range: I’ve seen -10F to -15F.
There’s a blizzard warning in effect, but so far, all this snow: not a blizzard. All of the above must last for over three hours. Enjoy correcting people but hold off if it looks like cabin fever is developing.