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Not any storm can be called a blizzard. There are 3 requirements

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Meteorologist Jeff Smith breaks down what a blizzard is. (WABC)

A blizzard is a snowstorm on steroids. The term blizzard may be tossed around casually, but to officially qualify as a blizzard, a storm has to meet the following three criteria:

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1. Sustained wind or frequent gusts of 35mph or greater.

2. Considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to under a quarter mile.

3. These conditions have to continue for at least three consecutive hours!

The last blizzard in New York City also happened to be the largest snowfall on record in Central Park. On January 23rd, 2016, 27.5" of snow accumulated, with blizzard conditions lasting for seven hours during the peak of the storm!

It's a rare combination of wicked weather elements, and that's why you won't hear the word "blizzard" too often in the Accuweather Forecast!
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