February 1st, 2015: Blizzard warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service, and will last until midnight. Dangerous whiteout conditions will make travel impossible at times, so only venture out if absolutely necessary.
Now that we have a blizzard in the Stateline, what does that mean exactly? Besides the obvious of heavy snow showers and high winds, here is the criteria used by the National Weather Service for when they issue their warnings:
Heavy snow showers or considerable blowing snow, strong wind gusts, and greatly reduced visibility all need to add up to issue a blizzard warning. Not only that, but these conditions need to last or be in the forecast for at least 3 hours. This means that you don’t necessarily need it to be snowing to have a blizzard; ‘ground blizzards’ can occur when fresh snowpack is blown around for 3 hours or more, keeping visibility down.
Overall, blizzards are strong snow storms that make it impossible to see if you are out on the roads. Please only travel if it is absolutely necessary. You can stay up-to-date with www.wrex.com/weather for the latest on this winter storm.
This post was written by Alex Kirchner on February 1, 2015