- a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
- a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.
- an inordinately large amount all at one time; avalanche: a blizzard of Christmas cards.
- to snow as a blizzard: Looks as though it's going to blizzard tonight.
Origin of blizzard
Examples from the Web for blizzard
He also expanded on the need to get the average American out from under the blizzard of paperwork that the tax season brings.Huckabee: ‘A Tax Is Punishment’
September 29, 2014
Many of us have tired of the blizzard of histories marking the sesquicentennial of the first years of the American Civil War.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
Driving from the Denver airport to Wyoming, I encountered an almost-otherworldly whiteout of a blizzard.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own
August 31, 2014
For years your bright light was darkened by a blizzard of lies, cheating and innuendo.I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie: An Open Letter to Greg LeMond
July 31, 2014
Oh, so you fall for Eva in both Sin City and White Bird in a Blizzard.Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind
June 21, 2014
The blizzard had now subsided, and the stars shone overhead.Murder Point
You ain't been swallowed up in no blizzard, be you, comin' into town?Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
He did not relish the idea of a sixty or seventy mile drive in the blizzard.
I wonder if he slept while I was struggling with the blizzard in the streets.Under Western Eyes
It would have been easy to let him get away and be lost in some night blizzard in the wilderness.Policing the Plains
- a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
Word Origin and History for blizzard
"strong, sustained snowstorm," 1859, origin obscure (perhaps somehow connected with blaze (n.1)); it came into general use in the U.S. in this sense the hard winter 1880-81. OED says it probably is "more or less onomatopœic," and adds "there is nothing to indicate a French origin." Before that it typically meant "violent blow," also "hail of gunfire" in American English from 1829, and blizz "violent rainstorm" is attested from 1770. The winter storm sense perhaps is originally a colloquial figurative use in the Upper Midwest of the U.S.
- A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 56 km (35 mi) per hour and visibility of less 400 m (0.25 mi) for three hours.