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A snowstorm is a storm with heavy snowfall . Snow storms are typically winter storms, strong winds driven by low pressure areas with simultaneous penetration of polar cold air . They are also the norm in the high mountains , where they can also occur in summer.
Snow storms are characteristic of certain parts of the world and have special names there:
- Blizzard - North America , Antarctica, and Lapland
- Purga - Central Asia
- Yalca - Andes in northern Peru
- Winter Buran - Kazakhstan and Western Siberia
The most striking side effects of a snowstorm are not only slippery roads but also impaired visibility and impairment of road, rail and air traffic. The amounts of snow can sometimes no longer be cleared with snow plows or not cleared quickly enough so that snow blowers have to be used. Heavy snow loads can destroy trees, but also power poles and telephone lines.
A snow storm that caused around 4,000–6,000 deaths raged from February 3 to 9, 1972 in Iran. The masses of snow buried some villages under them.
- Flying snow
- Snow pebbles
- Blowing snow
- Drift snow
- Undercooled rain (freezing rain, as a storm event English ice storm )
- see Winter storms of 2006-07 , engl. Wikipedia
- Colin A. Whiteman: Cold Region Hazards and Risks . Wiley, 2011, ISBN 978-0-470-97318-9 , pp. 282 (English, 384 p., Limited preview in Google Book search).
- New York Times, February 11, 1972: MISSING PUT AT 6,000 IN IRANIAN BLIZZARD. Retrieved February 2, 2012 .