A winter storm common on the western plains of the United States, its characteristic being a strong and very cold wind and fierce blinding snow. It usually appears in the Canadian plains, following a very low barometer, and spreads over a wide area. Blinded by the snow, many people lose their lives. In the blizzard of January, 1888, about 235 people perished. Blizzards rarely visit the East, but on March 12, 1888, one occurred in the country about New York and Philadelphia which made all roads impassable and stopped railroad travel for nearly a week.