How a blizzard forms

  • Cold temperatures below freezing is needed to make snow
  • Moisture is needed to create clouds
  • Warm, rising air is needed to cause precipitation (snow)
  • When a high pressure system meets a low pressure system (it will be windy)

Historical Examples

Blizzard of 1888 from Maine to Virginia

  • More than 400 people died
  • $25 million worth of property damage (a lot of homes were destroyed)
  • A 300 feet or less visibility
  • Winds up to 80 mph ( miles per hour)

Blizzard of 1999

  • In Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada
  • 2 feet of snow
  • More than 100 people died
  • $10 million worth of property damage

Impact On Life

  • Weather radios
  • Be prepared
  • Weather app
  • Have a plan
  • Dress warmly



Moran, Joseph M., and Edward J. Hopkins. Wisconsin's Weather and Climate. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.

Stewart, Mark. Blizzards and Winter Storms. Pleasantville, NY: Gareth Stevens Pub., 2009. Print.

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