It’s officially a blizzard

Snow accumulates on Paul Knight’s eyebrows as he walks during a nor’easter, Tuesday, March, 13, 2018, in Portland, Maine. “It’s typical March weather, we’re not out of winter yet, that’s for sure.” he said. “The groundhog was right, six more weeks of winter and probably then some…” (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The National Weather Service had declared the latest winter storm to hit the Northeast a blizzard.

The service’s Taunton, Massachusetts, office said on Twitter late Tuesday morning that automated observing sites in Hyannis, Falmouth, and Plymouth recorded three consecutive hours of blizzard conditions despite some missing observations due to a power loss.

The weather service defines a blizzard as three or more hours of sustained wind or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater; and falling or blowing snow that reduces visibility frequently to less than one-quarter of a mile.

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