A Blizzard Warning doesn’t always mean a ton of snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New York is under its second Blizzard Warning of 2014, which Chief Meteorologist Don Paul says is the first time he can ever recall having two Blizzard Warnings issued in the same snow season.

When many WNYers think “blizzard,” they remember the Blizzard of ’77, which saw towering snowdrifts across the area, burying cars and in some cases, homes. But a blizzard is more than just snowfall totals.

In this storm, between 10 and 24 inches of snow is expected to fall across the eight counties of Western New York. That may not be feet and feet of snow, but combined with sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts reaching 45 MPH, that is enough to have the National Weather Service issue a blizzard warning.

The NWS says that because these conditions, which will cause reduced visibility and frequent whiteouts, will last for at least three hours, that’s what elevates a Winter Storm Warning to a Blizzard Warning.

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