Winter storm

Heavy snowfall and strong winds during a 2016 blizzard in New York City.
National Guard members clear a road of fallen trees after a February 2021 winter storm in Putnam County, West Virginia.

A winter storm is an event in which wind coincides with varieties of precipitation that only occur at freezing temperatures, such as snow, mixed snow and rain, or freezing rain. In temperate continental and subarctic climates, these storms are not necessarily restricted to the winter season, but may occur in the late autumn and early spring as well. A snowstorm with strong winds and other conditions meeting certain criteria is called a blizzard.