Is this a blizzard? When it's this windy, cold and snowy, it can certainly feel like one

Tri-State snowed by first winter blast

CINCINNATI - When winter hits hard it may look like a blizzard. People may even toss the term blizzard around because it feels like one. Not so fast. The National Weather has specific guidelines for what warrants a blizzard warning as opposed to a heavy snow warning.

Heres the NWS definition of blizzard:

A storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).

When these conditions are expected, the National Weather Service will issue a "Blizzard Warning." When these conditions are not expected to occur simultaneously, but one or two of these conditions are expected, a "Winter Storm Warning" or "Heavy Snow Warning" may be issued.

So, heading into Wednesday, conditions were right for a blizzard warning. 

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