(redirected from Winter storm)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


A storm in which snow falls.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(metel’ ’in Russian), the carrying of snow by the wind in the air close to the earth’s surface. Three different types are distinguished ipozemok (drifting snow), low snowstorm, and general snowstorm. The pozemok and low snowstorm represent phenomena in which the wind raises the snow from the ground; they take place without snow falling from the clouds. A pozemok occurs at low wind speeds (up to 5 m/sec), when most of the snowflakes are lifted just a few centimeters. A low snowstorm occurs at greater wind speeds, when snowflakes are lifted 2 m and more, reducing visibility, sometimes to 100 m and less. A low snowstorm and & pozemok merely redistribute snow that has fallen earlier. In a general, or upper, snowstorm snow falls during a strong wind (usually more than 10 m/sec) and is accompanied by a significant increase in the snow cover throughout the region. When there is a strong wind and air temperatures are low, a snowstorm is called by the local name buran (primarily in the Asian USSR).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Michal LE[micro]rinc, catastrophe analyst at Aon's Impact Forecasting, commented: "While there was much focus on multiple winter storms and extreme cold via the Polar Vortex in the United States, it allowed an opportunity to remind that weather is local.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Winter Storm Toby had already wrecked havoc on the south - bringing hail, heavy winds and tornado warnings to Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky, according to TIME magazine.
Winter precipitation typically occurs with winter storms. These are the low pressure areas you see on the weather map or, as they are officially called, "extratropical cyclones." A cyclone is a low pressure area, and extratropical means it formed outside of the tropics.
SIDON, Lebanon: The Sidon port was forced to close Tuesday, as Lebanon still felt the aftermath of winter storm Vladimir.
winter storm fatalities from 1996 to 2011 taking into account storm-related car and plane crashes
Matt Edmonds, director of Vertical Markets, Property & Casualty at LexisNexis, addresses some of the concerns agents and brokers may have that are associated with winter storm claims.
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-January 27, 2015-FairPoint ready for winter storm
THE AMOUNT of estimated insured losses from severe winter events in 2014, which would make this the fourth most expensive year on record for winter storm losses, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Understand winter storm terms: Familiarize yourself with terms used to identify a winter storm hazard and discuss with your family what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued.
A flash flood watch is in effect until Saturday and a high surf advisory, a coastal flood advisory and a winter storm warning are in effect until Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- This animation of NO's GOES satellite data shows the progression of the major winter storm in the U.S.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch to be in effect from late tonight through Wednesday afternoon.