Blizzard: A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow in the air to frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for a duration of at least 3 hours. A severe blizzard is characterized by temperatures near or below 10F, winds exceeding 45 mph, and visibility reduced by snow to near zero.
Over March 17-19, we received about 4 feet of snow. The last "big" storm in 1997 (in October, the month before we moved here) was about 2 feet of snow. Until this month, a typical snowfall was at most 8 inches.
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|View from the front door|
|Ethan playing outside|
|Our driveway after two hours of rearranging the snow|
|The house viewed from the street - there are 4' junipers hidden under the snow around the cottonwood tree in the right foreground|
|Back deck with almost 4' of snow piled up|
|Ethan and Rachel on the path - Rachel is kneeling, snow is up to Ethan's hip|
|Front walk, snow up to the top of the deck|