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Frequently Asked Questions


Does a blizzard warning mean that there will be more snow than a winter storm warning?


Not necessarily. Blizzard warnings are issued for situations where the combination of snow and/or blowing snow and wind will caused reduced visibilities (1/4 mile or less) for 3 hours or longer. This combination creates extremely hazardous conditions. While no minimum amount of snowfall is required for blizzard conditions, heavy snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and dangerous wind chills are often a part of these hazardous weather events.

This "Question and Answer" is courtesy of the National Weather Service Forecast Offices in Gray and Caribou, Maine