Lots of Snow, but Not Quite a Blizzard

We don't mean to sell it short, but the first blizzard of 2010 isn't, technically, a blizzard. Snowy, sure, but according to the National Weather Service, a storm is just a storm unless visibility is reduced to a quarter-mile or less and winds are above 35 miles an hour. And we're not just talking gusts. At the moment, depending on where you look around the region, most places either have winds or visibility that don't quite make the grade.

For instance, Newark Liberty and JFK airports both have visibility around a quarter-mile and serious winds -- serious enough to cancel many flights, but not quite serious enough to qualify as a blizzard.