TYPES OF HEAVY SNOW EVENTS WHICH IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

 

Heavy snow can immobilize a region and paralyze a city, stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. Accumulations of snow can cause roofs to collapse and knock down trees and power lines. Homes and farms may be isolated for days and unprotected livestock may be lost. The cost of snow removal, repairing damages, and the loss of business can have severe economic impacts on cities and towns.

Heavy snow can be produced by nor’easters, blizzards and overrunning situations. Lesser amounts of snow are often produced by Alberta clippers.

Some snow terms which are commonly used include blizzard, blowing snow, snow squalls, snow showers and snow flurries.