What's a Blizzard?

Monday, Mar 2, 2009  |  Updated 6:20 AM EDT
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Major Winter Storm Dumping Snow Across Area

For some neighborhoods, this March storm could be the biggest of the season.

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LOCAL'S SIGHTS: Snow Falling in Collingswood

LOCAL Chris caught the snow falling heavily outside his office in Collingswood early Monday morning.
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What is a Blizzard?

The storm is bringing with it high winds which could create snow drifts and whiteout conditions.

For a storm to be classified as a blizzard two conditions must be met:

  • Sustained winds of 35 mph or higher for three hours or more
  • Falling or blowing snow which reduces visibility to less than 1/4 a mile

A blizzard advisory has not been issued for the area, but the storm is expected to bring near blizzard conditions.

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