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A typical view of a winter storm.
A typical view of a winter storm.

A winter storm is a meteorological event in which the dominant varieties of precipitation are forms that only occur at cold temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are cold enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain). In temperate continental climates, these storms are not necessarily restricted to the winter season, but may occur in the late autumn and early spring as well. Very rarely, they may form in summer, though it would have to be an abnormally cold summer, such as the summer of 1816 in the Northeast United States of America. In many locations in the Northern Hemisphere, the most powerful winter storms usually occur in March and, in regions where temperatures are cold enough, April. Image File history File links Snowstorm. ... Image File history File links Snowstorm. ... Snowstorm may refer to: Winter storm, a type of precipitation in which the dominant varieties of precipitation are forms that only occur at cold temperatures Snowstorm, a song by Galaxie 500 from their 1989 album On Fire Snowstorm, a song by Wintersleep from their 2003 album Wintersleep 2003 The Snowstorm... For other uses, see Temperature (disambiguation). ... Snow is a type of precipitation in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. ... Sleet is a term used in a variety of ways to describe precipitation intermediate between rain and snow but distinct from hail. ... This article is about water ice. ... Freezing Rain is a type of precipitation that begins as snow at higher altitude, falling from a cloud towards earth, melts completely on its way down while passing through a layer of air above freezing temperature, and then encounters a layer below freezing at lower level to become supercooled. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... This article is about the temperate season. ... For other uses, see Spring. ... For other uses, see Summer (disambiguation). ... Development of global average temperatures during the last 1000 years. ... Northern hemisphere highlighted in yellow. ...

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Snowstorm

Snowstorms are storms where large amounts of snow fall. Snow is less dense than liquid water, by a factor of approximately 10 at temperatures slightly below freezing, and even more at much colder temperatures. Therefore, an amount of water that would produce 2 cm (0.8 in.) of rain could produce as much as 20 cm (8 in.) of snow. Five centimeters of snow (2 in.) is enough to create serious disruptions to traffic and school transport (because of the difficulty to drive and maneuver the school buses on slick roads). This is particularly true in places where snowfall is uncommon but heavy accumulating snowfalls can happen (e.g., Atlanta, Seattle, London, Canberra, Vancouver). In places where snowfall is common, such as Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Quebec City and Minneapolis, such small snowfalls are rarely disruptive, though snowfalls in excess of 15 cm (6 in.) usually are. For other uses, see Liquid (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... Seattle redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - Total 52. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... Nickname: Motto: Don de Dieu feray valoir (I shall put Gods gift to good use; the Don de Dieu was Champlains ship) Coordinates: , Country Province Agglomeration Quebec City Statute of the city Capitale-Nationale Administrative Region Capitale-Nationale Founded 1608 by Samuel de Champlain Constitution date 1833 Government... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ...


A massive snowstorm with strong winds and other conditions meeting certain criteria is known as a blizzard. A large number of heavy snowstorms, some of which were blizzards, occurred in the United States during the early and mid-1990s, and the 1993 "Superstorm" was manifest as a blizzard in most of the affected area. This article is about the winter storm condition. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... 1Maximum snowfall or ice accretion The 1993 North American storm complex, also known as the ’93 Superstorm, the (Great) Blizzard of 1993, or the Storm of the Century, was a large cyclonic storm that occurred on March 12–March 15, 1993, on the East Coast of North America. ...


Large snowstorms could be quite dangerous: a 15 cm (6 in.) snowstorm will make some unplowed roads impossible, and it is possible for automobiles to get stuck in the snow. Snowstorms exceeding 30 cm (12 in.) especially in southern or generally warm climates will cave the roofs of some homes and cause the loss of power. Standing dead trees can also be brought down by the weight of the snow, especially if it is wet or very dense. Even a few inches of dry snow can form drifts many feet high under windy conditions. Car redirects here. ... The roofs of Olomouc, Czech Republic. ...


Snowstorms are usually considered less dangerous than ice storms. However, the snow brings secondary dangers. Mountain snowstorms can produce cornices and avalanches. An additional danger, following a snowy winter, is spring flooding if the snow melts suddenly due to a dramatic rise in air temperature. Deaths can occur from hypothermia, infections brought on by frostbite, car accidents due to slippery roads, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning due to alternative heating methods after a storm causes a power outage, or heart attacks caused by overexertion while shoveling heavy wet snow. For other uses, see Mountain (disambiguation). ... The summit of San Jacinto Peak covered by a cornice formed by wind-blown snow. ... The toe of an avalanche in Alaskas Kenai Fjords. ... For other uses, see Spring. ... A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... Power Outage is an episode of The WB drama series, Charmed. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


"Wintry mix"

Main article: Wintry showers

Many factors influence the form precipitation will take, and atmospheric temperatures are influential as well as ground conditions. Sometimes, near the rain/snow interface a region of sleet or freezing rain will occur. It is difficult to predict what form this precipitation will take, and it may alternate between rain and snow. Therefore, weather forecasters just predict a "wintry mix". usually, this type of precipitation occurs at temperatures between -2°C and 2°C (28°F–36°F). Wintry showers is a somewhat informal meteorological term, used primarily in the United Kingdom, to refer to various mixtures of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. ... Sleet is a term used in a variety of ways to describe precipitation intermediate between rain and snow but distinct from hail. ... Freezing Rain is a type of precipitation that begins as snow at higher altitude, falling from a cloud towards earth, melts completely on its way down while passing through a layer of air above freezing temperature, and then encounters a layer below freezing at lower level to become supercooled. ... This article is about precipitation. ... Snow is a type of precipitation in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. ...


Freezing rain and ice storms

Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages.
Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages.
Plants wrapped in 6 mm (0.2 in.) of ice. Severe ice storms, which may occur in the spring, can kill plant life.
Plants wrapped in 6 mm (0.2 in.) of ice. Severe ice storms, which may occur in the spring, can kill plant life.
Crabapple covered in icy glaze due to freezing rain.
Crabapple covered in icy glaze due to freezing rain.

Freezing rain storms are one of the most dangerous types of winter storm. They typically occur when a layer of warm air hovers over a region, but the ambient temperature is near 0°C (32°F), and the ground temperature is sub-freezing. A storm in which only roads freeze is a "freezing rain storm"; one resulting in widespread icing of plants and infrastructure is an "ice storm". Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x637, 489 KB)Besides disrupting transportation, heavy ice and snow can damage utilities. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x637, 489 KB)Besides disrupting transportation, heavy ice and snow can damage utilities. ... Power Outage is an episode of The WB drama series, Charmed. ... An ice storm coats most plants in its path with a thick glaze of ice. ... An ice storm coats most plants in its path with a thick glaze of ice. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 1915 KB) Ripe crabapple covered in icy glaze due to freezing rain File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1704x2272, 1915 KB) Ripe crabapple covered in icy glaze due to freezing rain File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Species - Southern Crab - Siberian Crabapple - Sweet Crabapple - Apple - Japanese Crabapple - Oregon Crab - Chinese Crabapple - Prairie Crab - Asian Wild Apple - European Wild Apple Malus, the apples, is a genus of about 30-35 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including most importantly the domesticated Orchard or... Freezing Rain is a type of precipitation that begins as snow at higher altitude, falling from a cloud towards earth, melts completely on its way down while passing through a layer of air above freezing temperature, and then encounters a layer below freezing at lower level to become supercooled. ...


While a 10 cm (4 in.) snowstorm is somewhat manageable by the standards of the northern United States and Canada, a comparable 1 cm (0.4 in.) ice storm will paralyze a region: driving becomes extremely hazardous, telephone and power lines are damaged, and crops may be ruined. Because they do not require extreme cold, ice storms often occur in warm temperature climates (such as the southern United States) as well as cooler ones. Ice storms in Florida will often destroy entire orange crops. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Binomial name (L.) Osbeck Orange—specifically, sweet orange—refers to the citrus tree Citrus sinensis (syn. ...


Notable ice storms include an El Niño-related North American ice storm of 1998 that affected much of eastern Canada, including Montreal and Ottawa, as well as upstate New York and part of New England. Three million people lost power, some for as long as six weeks. One-third of the trees in Montreal's Mount Royal park were damaged, as well as a large proportion of the sugar-producing maple trees. The amount of economic damage caused by the storm has been estimated at $3 billion Canadian. Chart of ocean surface temperature anomaly [°C] during the last strong El Niño in December 1997 El Niño and La Niña (also written in English as El Nino and La Nina) are major temperature fluctuations in surface waters of the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean. ... 1Maximum snowfall or ice accretion The Ice Storm of 1998 (also known as Ice Storm 98) was a massive ice storm that struck a relatively narrow track of land from Eastern Ontario to southern Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada, and bordering areas from Northern New York to Southeast Maine... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... This article is about the capital city of Canada. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... For other uses, see Mount Royal (disambiguation). ... This article is about sugar as food and as an important and widely traded commodity. ... For other uses, see Maple (disambiguation). ...


The Ice Storm of December 2002 in North Carolina resulted in massive power loss throughout much of the state, and property damage due to falling trees. Except in the mountainous western part of the state, heavy snow and icy conditions are rare in North Carolina. Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ...


The Ice Storm of December 2005 was another severe winter storm producing extensive ice damage across a large portion of the Southern United States on December 14 to 16. It led to widespread power outages and at least 7 deaths. The Ice Storm of December 2005 was a damaging winter storm that produced extensive ice damage in a large portion of the Southern United States on December 14 - 16, 2005. ...


In January 2005 Kansas had been declared a major disaster zone by President George W. Bush after an ice storm caused nearly $39 million in damages to 32 counties. Federal funds were provided to the counties during January 4-6, 2005 to aid the recovery process. [1] Official language(s) English[2] Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and the 43rd and current President of the United States. ...


Arctic cyclones

The largest snowstorms form around polar low-pressure systems and are known as arctic cyclones. In other cases, similar storms can form around high-pressure systems and create anticyclonic storms. This article is about pressure in the physical sciences. ... Arctic cyclones are vast areas of low pressure. ... An anticyclonic storm is a weather storm where winds around the storm flow contrary to the direction dictated by the Coriolis effect about a region of low pressure. ...


See also

Ice storms often coat many surfaces, such as trees
Ice storms often coat many surfaces, such as trees

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