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Q. When does a winter storm become a blizzard?

A. The National Weather Service says a blizzard occurs when snow and/or blowing snow reduces visibility to ¼ of a mile or less for 3 hours or longer and there are sustained winds of 35 mph or greater or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater.  There is no temperature requirement that must be met to achieve blizzard conditions.

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