Blizzard! Words to Learn on a Snow Day

Getting a little housebound while the snow piles up and the winds gust? Procrastinating on the next round of shoveling? Or maybe you're somewhere that's 70 degrees and sunny, and you're just imagining what a snow day is like. Wherever you are, whatever the weather, learn these words during a blizzard or any conditions.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. blizzard
    a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
    Some 50 million people along the Eastern Seaboard were under storm or blizzard warnings and watches.Reuters (Mar 14, 2017)
  2. brunt
    the main part, especially of a force or shock
    The brunt of the storm will hit New York City from roughly 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.Washington Post (Mar 12, 2017)
  3. arctic
    extremely cold
    The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures down to minus 5 degrees in the Tri-Cities Friday night, as arctic air moves into the region.Seattle Times (Dec 16, 2016)
  4. frigid
    extremely cold
    You could argue that in New Hampshire, with its frigid winters, a tunnel is a cozy way to travel between buildings.Los Angeles Times (Sep 9, 2016)
  5. gale
    a strong wind moving 45-90 knots
    A gale warning and high surf, along with 21- to 27-foot swells, don’t bode well for razor clam digs set to begin Friday.Seattle Times (Oct 12, 2016)
  6. bluster
    be gusty, as of wind
    There will be times with blowing snow as blustery winds keep the wind chill values in the single digits all day.Seattle Times (Oct 12, 2016)
  7. accumulation
    the act of gathering up
    McMullen says accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected from Carrollton in west Georgia northeast to the mountains, with 3 to 4 inches possible in higher elevations.Washington Times (Dec 8, 2017)
  8. visibility
    quality or degree of being able to be seen
    TV footage of the resort showed bad weather conditions and poor visibility on the slopes.Washington Times (Mar 7, 2017)
  9. polar
    of or existing within the Arctic or Antarctic Circles
    The polar vortex is not new at all.Time (Dec 15, 2016)
  10. gusty
    blowing in puffs or short intermittent blasts
    The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 43 with gusty winds up to 18 mph.Washington Times (Nov 18, 2016)

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