A blizzard is expected to blast a large part of the northeastern United States, including NYC, this weekend. Different than a typical winter storm, a blizzard is characterized more by its winds than the amount of snow it produces.
According to the NWS, the three key factors in a blizzard are wind, visibility, and time. More specifically, they are:
- Wind – Sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35mph or higher.
- Visibility – Falling and/or blowing snow that reduces visibility to ¼ mile or less.
- Time – Wind and reduced visibility conditions must prevail for at least 3 hours.
These conditions heighten the risk for power outages and often produce whiteout conditions on roadways, making travel extremely dangerous. Stay Safe!