Snowstorms are storms characterized by a significant volume of snow with accompanying high wind. A massive snowstorm with intense snowfall and strong winds that lasts for a long period of time is called a blizzard. More »

Ice storms are caused by freezing rain. Despite its name, freezing rain is actually rain that falls at a temperature just below freezing, but it freezes once it lands on a surface that is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or less, c... More »

Winter storms develop when low pressure systems come into contact with a cold front or a warm front, which causes low temperature precipitation such as snow and freezing rain. Common types of winter storms caused by low ... More »

Blizzards are dangerous because of freezing temperatures that are exacerbated by high wind, difficulties getting through heavy snow and the possibility of getting lost in blinding flurries. A person caught outside in a b... More »

A snow squall is defined as an intense, heavy snowfall with strong winds and a possibility of lightning. The amount of snowfall is significant. Another term used to describe a snow squall is a whiteout. More »

Sleet is snow that has partially melted as it falls through changing temperatures in the atmosphere. Temperatures may rise above freezing as a snowflake falls to the ground, causing it to lose its hexagonal shape and bec... More »

"Onion snow" refers to the last snowfall of the winter season and is said to mark the beginning of spring. It received its name because onions are planted in early spring, and the later snow fall covers them, providing s... More »