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Term: Blowing snow Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Snow particles violently stirred up by wind to sufficient heights above the ground to reduce visibility to 10 km or less.  CanadaNCA 

An ensemble of snow particles raised by the wind to moderate or great heights above the ground; the horizontal visibility at eye level is generally very poor.  NSIDCCryosphere 

Blowing snow is wind-driven snow that reduces surface visibility. Blowing snow can be falling snow or snow that has already accumulated but is picked up and blown by strong winds. Blowing snow is usually accompanied by drifting snow.  NOAA-NWS 

Snow entrained, suspended and transported by the wind at heights greater than 2 m above the surface. The height of 2 m is a convenient separator between blowing snow, which reduces horizontal visibility significantly, and drifting snow.  IHPGlacierMassBalance 

Snow lifted from the earth's surface by the wind to a height of 2 metres or more.  ECCCanada 

An ensemble of snow particles raised by the wind to moderate or great heights above the ground. The horizontal visibility at eye level is generally very poor (cf. Drifting snow).  SPRI 

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