What damage do blizzards cause?
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What damage do blizzards cause?

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The weight of the fallen snow during a blizzard may collapse roofs or bring down trees, power lines or telephone lines. The snow also may result in dangerous driving and whiteout conditions, leading motorists to get into accidents or to become lost or stranded. Blizzards may bring extremely cold temperatures, which increase the risk of frostbite. Cold temperatures can also cause water pipes to freeze.

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Blizzards generally cause blinding snow with near zero visibility, deep snow drifts and dangerously cold temperatures. When a blizzard occurs, it is important to be prepared. At home and in the workplace, the main concerns are shortage of supplies such as food and water and loss of heat, power or telephone service. Items such as flashlights, extra batteries, extra food and water, first aid supplies and an emergency heat source should be kept in an emergency kit. It is also important to keep a winter survival kit in the car. A few items this should contain include blankets or sleeping bags, flashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit, shovel, matches, food and a water container. If stranded in a vehicle during a blizzard, it is important to stay in the vehicle and make the vehicle visible to rescuers.

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    How are blizzards predicted or forecast?

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    According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center, blizzard prediction relies on modeling weather systems, as well as predicting temperatures. When a weather system moves through an area experiencing near- or sub-freezing temperatures, it can create the potential for anything from freezing rain to a full-fledged blizzard.

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    Where do blizzards happen most often?

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    Blizzards occur most often on mountaintops. In the United States, common locations for blizzards include Denali in Alaska, Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Mount Rainier in Washington.

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    How do blizzards form?

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    A blizzard requires three things to form: temperatures below freezing at ground level and in the clouds to allow snow to form, enough moisture to allow clouds and eventually snow to form, and a mass of warm air rising over a mass of cold air that creates strong winds. Bizzards are typically formed when a high-pressure system meets a low-pressure system.

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    Why do blizzards occur?

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