The biggest snowstorm of the year is expected to blast the northeastern US on Tuesday. In New York City, on top of the significant snow totals that have been forecast, a blizzard warning is in effect.
Different than a typical winter storm, a blizzard is characterized more by wind speeds and reduced visibility than the amount of snow it produces. According to the NWS, the three main factors for blizzard conditions 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 – High winds and reduced visibility must prevail for at least 3 hours.
These conditions heighten the risk of power outages and often produce whiteout conditions on roadways, making travel extremely dangerous. Stay Safe!