Winter Weather: Snowstorms, Blizzards, and Ice Storms 

Snowstorms are winter weather events characterized by heavy snowfall, reducing visibility and covering the ground in a layer of snow. 

Blizzards are severe snowstorms with sustained winds of at least 35 mph, causing blowing snow that significantly reduces visibility, leading to hazardous travel conditions. 

Ice storms occur when freezing rain falls and coats surfaces, such as roads and trees, with a layer of ice, creating dangerous conditions known as "glaze ice." 

Snowstorms typically form when moist air meets cold air, leading to the condensation of water vapor into snow crystals. 

Blizzards are often associated with low-pressure systems, and their intensity is measured by factors like wind speed, visibility, and snow accumulation. 

Ice storms result from a layer of warm air above freezing temperatures sandwiched between layers of subfreezing air, causing rain to freeze upon contact with cold surfaces. 

Winter weather events can disrupt transportation, damage infrastructure, and pose risks to public safety, emphasizing the importance of preparedness and timely warnings. 

Meteorologists use advanced technology, including radar and satellite imagery, to monitor and predict winter weather patterns, providing crucial information for public safety during such events. 

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