Winter weather is officially here in New York State and some early weather models are calling for a chance of a major snowstorm towards the end of next week.

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While it is still too early for a true reading of the weather model if things shape up the right way, could we be in store for a blizzard?

WHAT IS A BLIZZARD?

According to the National Geographic Society, a blizzard is a dangerous weather event that brings frigid temperatures, howling winds, and decreased visibility due to snow and ice.

WHEN DOES A SNOWSTORM TURN INTO A BLIZZARD?

The National Weather Service will call a snowstorm a blizzard when the conditions meet a minimum requirement. Those conditions include Blowing and/or falling snow with winds of at least 35 mph. Visibility needs to be reduced to a quarter of a mile or less for at least three hours. Strong winds that push a snowpack and reduce visibility without any falling snow are called ground blizzards.

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WHEN WAS THE LAST MAJOR BLIZZARD IN NEW YORK STATE?

Buffalo was hit with a Christmas blizzard last year that ended up killing 27 people. More than 4 feet of snow fell over a 72-hour period in Buffalo and Western New York.

Early winter predictions are calling for a milder-than-normal winter this year across New York. You can see the latest winter weather predictions HERE.

Historic Snow Storm Hits Buffalo

A historic snowstorm slammed into Western New York on Friday and continues to bring snow to all areas across the region.

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5 Snowiest Days In New York State History

Here are the Top 5 snowiest days in New York State history.

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10 Worst Years For Snow In Western New York

Buffalo is known for being the capital of snowfall, but some years were worst than most. These are the worst 10 years that Buffalo has ever seen when it comes to the amount of snowfall.

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