TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – What makes a blizzard? KSNT News’ David George explains what qualifies as a blizzard as wind and winter weather advisories blanket the northeastern corner of Kansas.
To qualify as a blizzard the following conditions must be present:
- Less than a quarter-mile visibility from falling or blowing snow.
- Whiteout conditions that last for three hours or longer.
- Sustained, or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or more.
Strong wind will continue through today with gusts as high as 60 mph possible north and west, and between 40-50 everywhere else.