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Why is it important to know about blizzards?
Blizzards can kill, cause traffic accidents and bring cities to a halt. These weather conditions result in car accidents and people on foot can get lost. Additionally, these colder temperatures put people at risk of frostbite or hypothermia.
What are the benefits of blizzards?
BENEFITS & INSURANCE
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental, & Vision Plans.
- Health Savings & Flexible Spending Accounts.
- Televideo Medicine & Life & Disability.
How do blizzards impact people and property?
Blizzards affect people by shutting down cities and transportation systems, damaging property, hurting the economy and causing injuries and loss of life. Blizzards affect the environment by damaging or destroying trees, plants and crops and causing flooding when large amounts of snow melt.
Where do most blizzards occur?
In the United States, blizzards are common in the upper Midwest and the Great Plains but occur in most areas of the country except for the Gulf Coast and the California coast. Blizzards can occur all over the world, even in the tropics where it is cold on high altitude mountaintops.
What do you need to know about a blizzard?
In order to be called a blizzard, the storm must have lots of falling or blowing snow, winds 35 mph or higher, and visibility, or how far you can see clearly, of 1/4 mile or less. These conditions must happen for three or more hours.
Why is it dangerous to drive in a blizzard?
Blizzard Hazards. Blizzards can be dangerous for many reasons. Walking and driving can be hazardous because of slippery roads, low visibility, and snowdrifts, which are large, high piles of windblown snow. Additionally, wind, ice, and heavy snow, can also knock down power lines and cause power outages.
How is a blizzard different from a snow storm?
A blizzard is a severe snow storm with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than a 1/4 mile for more than 3 hours.  Blizzards can also occur after snowfall when high winds cause whiteouts (fallen snow blowing around) and snowdrifts (huge mountains of snow), which decrease visibility.
What happens to power lines during a blizzard?
Walking and driving can be hazardous because of slippery roads, low visibility, and snowdrifts, which are large, high piles of windblown snow. Additionally, wind, ice, and heavy snow, can also knock down power lines and cause power outages. The very cold temperatures that sometimes occur during blizzards can make water and fuel pipes freeze.