Weather Talk: The season's first blizzard had some fooled
When Monday's blizzard failed to deliver a heavy snowfall to the Fargo-Moorhead area, many people were wondering why the blizzard warning remained. The reason is that there was, in fact, a blizzard.
By definition, a blizzard is when wind of 35 mph or more, or frequent gusts greater than 35 mph, cause visibility to be reduced to below a quarter mile due to windblown snow, and these conditions must be met for at least three hours.
Certainly, within the city, Monday's storm brought icy roads and a screaming wind, but it was not a blizzard. Also, there were some areas, especially in Minnesota, that did not see full blizzard conditions due to a lack of snow.
However, throughout rural areas of eastern North Dakota and the southern Red River Valley, it was most definitely a blizzard. Conditions were worse where more snow fell.