What's the Difference Between a Snowstorm and a Blizzard?

Which one is worse—and can we expect more of both in the future?

Happy New Year! Things got off to a roaring start for people in the path of a brutally cold snowstorm that plowed this week across the U.S. Midwest and East Coast.

From Chicago to Boston to Washington, D.C., folks were treated to up to a foot (0.3 meters) of snow, with windchill dipping into the negative digits. So far, nine deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Long Island, New York, and parts of coastal Massachusetts experienced blizzard conditions, said Chris Vaccaro, a spokesperson with the National Weather Service. Other parts of the country suffered under a nor'easter.

Nor'easters are simply storms that affect the northeastern part of the U.S., move in a northeasterly direction, and produce winds coming from

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