Blizzards are severe snowstorms with high winds and little visibility.Most of the time the visibility is less than a quarter of a mile.

What It Takes For A Blizzard To Form

  • 20 degrees or less
  • Precipitation type is Snow
  • If more than 32 degrees the snow will melt
  • 35 mph winds
  • Very little visibility (quarter of a mile)
  • Low pressure system has to rise over the high pressure system
  • Moisture to make clouds so it can snow
  • Needs to last for three or more hours
  • Lakes,Oceans,etc. are good sources of moisture

What A Severe Blizzard Needs

  • 45 mph winds
  • Visibility almost at 0 miles
  • Less than 10 degrees

The Christmas Blizzard

  • December 24-27 2010 New York and New Jersey
  • 7 deaths
  • No other injuries
  • $60 million in property damage
  • 7000 flights delayed

The Great Blizzard of 1888

11th Street in the Great Blizzard of 1888

  • March 11-14 New York,New Jersey,Pennsylvania,and New England
  • 400 deaths
  • $25 million in property damage
  • No communication or travel
  • Winds up to 80 mph
  • Snow piles up to 36 ft.

How We Prepare

  • We can predict and see if weather is coming
  • We have modified buildings  
  • We know what to do and what not to:
  • Stay inside
  • Don't walk outside
  • Stay in the car if you are stuck in one


High Pressure System- Cold temperatures and sunshine.

Low Pressure System -Higher temperatures and creates clouds.

Precipitation- Rain,sleet,hail,or snow that comes from the clouds.

New England- A region in the North Eastern part of the United States with six states(Vermont,Rhode Island,New Hampshire,Maine,Connecticut,Massachusetts).


Works Cited

"Snowstorms." UCAR Center for Science Education. Web. 13 Mar. 2015. <>.

Stonehouse, Bernard. Snow, Ice, and Cold. New York: New Discovery, 1992. Print.

"Top 10 Worst Blizzards U.S. History |" Toptenznet. Web. 13 Mar. 2015. <>.

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