Blizzards: 101

They're kind of rare around here

Richard Root
January 03, 2018 - 6:35 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The criteria for a blizzard warning criteria includes blowing snow for three hours or more with less than a quarter mile visibility and, usually, strong winds with gusts over 35 MPH.

Yesterday we had strong winds and blowing snow for over four hours with visibility less than an eighth of a mile.

Blizzards can be like lake effect bands, but instead of featuring lots of snow, they have strong winds that blow around snow that was already on the ground. In fact, yesterday, the storm that came in off the lake dropped just a little over three inches of snow at the airport.

Despite our familiarity with lake effect storms and our storied past, we really don't see many blizzard warnings.  The last two were in January 2014.

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