- 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 blizzardy
Historical Examples of blizzardy
November 7, 1947, was a blizzardy day; the air was full of drifting snow.The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin
In fair weather as in foul, in blistering midsummer and blizzardy midwinter, daytime and nighttime, she followed him.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
It was blizzardy, and what did the blame' fools do but get caught ten miles below here.
- a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
Word Origin 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.