It’s strange how during some winters in the Northeast, we barely get any snowfall of significant accumulation. In other winters, we get a lot. In 2010, I would say we have had a helluva lot. First, we had a big snowstorm back in mid-December. That was supposed to be bad, innocuously benign and underestimated by yours truly, and was just darn terrible.
Last Saturday, we got hit by a healthy amount of snow. This time, I was smart enough to not attempt to drive around in it, and simply enjoyed it from the comfort of my home. The total accumulation in our area was about 4-5 inches, which isn’t terrible. I know it was much worse in the Virginia/Maryland/Delaware mid-Atlantic region.
Only a few days later, we had this storm. I don’t know if it was a blizzard, as I heard it wasn’t technically a blizzard.
In the United States, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as sustained winds or frequent gusts reaching or exceeding 35 mph (56 km/h) which lead to blowing snow and cause visibilities of ¼ mile (or 400 m) or less, lasting for at least 3 hours. Temperature is not taken into consideration when issuing a blizzard warning, but the nature of these storms is such that cold air is often present when the other criteria are met. Temperatures are generally below 0 °C (32 °F).
I think I speak for everyone in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions when I say, “Yo, blizzard or not, that was a helluva lot of snow.” We must have received about a foot of snow. My wife and I both worked from home Wednesday and Thursday, due to the snow. The kids’ daycare school was closed both days, so we certainly didn’t have a choice either day.