What do these clouds have in store? Blizzard? Flurry? Squall? Here in Buffalo, we choose snow over earthquakes, brush fires, floods, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, 100+ degree weather, mudslides, locusts and other pestilence & plagues. So differences in snow terminology matters. Forewarned is forearmed. And helps determine the shoveling schedule.
Blizzard Winds of 35 mph or more with snow and blowing snow reducing visibility for at least three hours.
Blowing Snow Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility. Blowing snow may be falling snow and/or snow on the ground picked up by wind.
Snow Squalls Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant.
Snow Showers Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
Snow Flurries Light snow falling for short durations with little or no accumulation.
Years ago, as a direct mail promotion, I created a Snowflake Field Guide for the Buffalo Museum of Science. Each day this week, I’m posting some facts about flakes. It was originally intended for kids, but I didn’t know much of this info when I started.