First blizzard in 14 years comes with dangerous temperature drop
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - It’s official: The winter storm that pounded the Tri-State overnight with record-falling temperatures, dangerous subzero winds, snow and ice was a blizzard.
This is the first time in 14 years that a blizzard was recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
A blizzard consists of winds of 35mph or higher and limits visibility to a quarter mile or less for at least three hours with snow either falling or on the ground. That happened from 12:31 a.m. to 3:52 a.m.
Temperatures dropped 52 degrees between 7 p.m. Thursday night and 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
CVG has only seen 6-hour temperature drops of 32 degrees or more just nine times since 1948, according to NWS data.
The arctic front, or bomb cyclone, isn’t out of here yet.
A bomb cyclone occurs when atmospheric pressure drops very quickly in a strong storm, stirring up blizzard-like conditions including heavy winds and snow.
The Winter Storm Warning continues until 5 p.m. for all of the FOX19 NOW viewing area except for Adams and Lewis counties which are in a Winter Weather Advisory. Except for Decatur County, Indiana, everyone is also under a Wind Chill Warning. That means travel will be tough and the cold will be dangerous.
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