Blizzards

By:John Santader

A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and lasting for a prolonged period of time typically three hours or more. A severe blizzard has winds over 72 km/h (45 mph), near zero visibility, and temperatures of −12 °C (10 °F) or lower. A ground blizzard is a weather condition where snow is not falling but loose snow on the ground is lifted and blown by strong winds.


Blizzards usually occur in winter during the cold weather. Some of the areas greatly affected by blizzards are Siberia, the Great Plains of Canada and the United States and Eastern Europe. As you can see on the map below it shows were most Blizzards happen more often.