How does it form?
To form a blizzard, it need below freezing air to make a snow, then it need warm air to rise over the cold air and a large lake or a ocean is needed to make water vapor. The body of water has wind that moves over the water and some evaporates from the surface, that puts water vapor into the air. 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 occurs. The max. wind speed is 96 mph and the minimum is 36 mph.
The 1888 whiteout
The 1888 whiteout accrued Sunday, March 11, 1888. It happened in New York city and lasted 2 days. It was 0F outside. This was one of the worst blizzards in american history. This blizzard killed 400 people and dumping 55 inches of snow in some areas. Cold Arctic air from Canada collided with Gulf air from the south and temperatures plunged. By midnight, gusts were recorded at 84 miles an hour in New York city.If you watched the radar that night before you went to bed. Rain turned to snow and winds reached hurricane-strength levels.
The Schoolchildren Blizzard
The Schoolchildren's blizzard killed 245 people and many of them were children on their way home from school across the northwest plains of the United States.Some accounts said that the temperature dropped 100 degrees in 24 hours.There had been unseasonably warm weather the previous day from Montana east to the Dakotas and south to Texas. Suddenly, within a matter of hours, Arctic air from Canada rapidly pushed south. There was no warning that there was going to be a storm. You could have been more prepared by watching the radar.