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[bliz-erd] /ˈblɪz ərd/
  1. a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
  2. a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.
an inordinately large amount all at one time; avalanche:
a blizzard of Christmas cards.
verb (used without object)
to snow as a blizzard:
Looks as though it's going to blizzard tonight.
1820-30, Americanism; earlier: violent blow, shot; compare British dial. (Midlands) blizzer, blizzom blaze, flash, anything that blinds momentarily; probably expressive formations with components of blast, blaze1, bluster, etc.
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blizzardy, blizzardly, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for blizzarding


a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for blizzarding
1859, origin obscure (perhaps somehow connected with blaze (1)); it came into general use in the U.S. in the hard winter 1880-81, though it was used with a sense of "violent blow" in Amer.Eng., 1829; and blizz "violent rainstorm" is attested from 1770.
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blizzarding in Science
A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 56 km (35 mi) per hour and visibility of less 400 m (0.25 mi) for three hours.
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Encyclopedia Article for blizzarding


severe weather condition that is distinguished by low temperatures, strong winds, and large quantities of either falling or blowing snow. The U.S. Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm with winds of more than 56 km (35 miles) per hour and enough snow to limit visibility to 150 m (500 feet) or less. A severe blizzard has winds of over 72 km (45 miles) per hour, visibility near zero, and temperatures of -12 C (10 F) or lower. A ground blizzard occurs when there is no falling snow, but snow is drifting and blowing near the ground

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