Blizzards are snowstorms with high winds and heavy snows.

This is a good example of cars being snowed-in after a blizzard

How Do Blizzards Form?

For a blizzard to form warm air has To rise over cold air.There are two ways that this may happen. Winds pull cold air toward the equator from the poles and bring warm air toward the poles from the equator. When warm air and cold air are brought together, a front is formed and precipitation (Pre-Sip-It-A-Shun) occurs. A severe blizzard has winds over 72 km/h (45 mph) (Miles Per Hour), near zero visibility, and temperatures of −12 °Celsius (10 °Fahrenheit) or lower. On March 11–14, 1888, a blizzard dumped an average of 40 inches of snow on northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In a blizzard there are clouds called nimbostratus (Nim-Bow-Strat-Us) clouds. Nimbostratus are dark, low-level clouds.

This is a example of nimbostratus clouds

Historical Blizzards

This is an example of a older blizzard. In 1866 arguably one of the worst blizzards in Minnesota history, it lasted 3 days, there drifts to 20 ft buried barns in western cities, the blizzard struck at night so deaths were reduced. But still over 100 people died. (No damage recorded)

This is a more recent example. On January 2-3, 1999 - Southeast half - Blizzard - Widespread 6 to 20 inches. Wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph (Miles Per Hour), with gusts of 50 to 60 mph (Miles Per Hour) near Lake Michigan, created frequent whiteout conditions. Snow drifts of 4 to 8 feet were common. Air temperatures were in the 15 to 22 Fahrenheit range. The heaviest snowfall total was in Slinger, Wisconsin with 20.5 inches. (No damage or deaths recorded)

This is a typical view of how good your vision would be in a blizzard and much snow is falling and how the wind is pushing it

How To Prepare For A Blizzard

To prevent human death in a blizzard you can make sure to stay inside because if you go outside you could have chances of suffocating (Suff-A-Kay-Ting) if the snow was tall enough. You could make a good shelter out of strong bricks and always have a fire running. Another good idea is to have a raised door if snow gets high you can go outside. To prepare you want to have food, water, a light source and a heater if available. Another good idea is to have some general medicines like Tylenol (Tie-La-nol), and Ibuprofen (I-Bup-Pro-Fin) and some cold medicines. Its a good idea because if you have a illness or a sickness you will need to treat it.


Precipitation- rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground.

Nimbostratus- Nimbostratus are dark, low-level clouds.


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