BLIZZARDING

blizzard

[bliz-erd]
noun
1.
Meteorology.
a.
a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
b.
a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.
2.
an inordinately large amount all at one time; avalanche: a blizzard of Christmas cards.
verb (used without object)
3.
to snow as a blizzard: Looks as though it's going to blizzard tonight.

Origin:
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.

blizzardy, blizzardly, adjective
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blizzard (ˈblɪzəd)
 
n
a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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blizzard
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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blizzard   (blĭz'ərd)  Pronunciation Key 
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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