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During a blizzard, driving is often dangerous. Visibility is low. Blizzards winds can blow snow everywhere. New snowfall and gray clouds can make it even harder to see. Drivers can sometimes only see a few feet ahead. This is called a whiteout.

In 1966, a huge blizzard swept across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Some areas got almost 30 inches of snow. Wind speeds reached 70 miles per hour. Power outages lasted several days. Schools and roads were shut down.

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Making Connections


Are blizzards common where you live? Why or why not?


Have you read books about other kinds of storms? What do they have in common with blizzards? How are they different?


Blizzards can make it hard to see outside. Why might people try to avoid driving during blizzards?

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