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What is the origin of the word "blizzard"?

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What is the origin of the word “blizzard”?
It may have come from the German word blitzartig, meaning “lightninglike.” The first documented use of the word “blizzard” as a reference to weather appeared in an Iowa newspaper in 1870. The article referred to a fierce snowstorm that had stared on March 14 of that year.

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