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What does a blizzard look like? Check out Stevens Pass during windstorm

What does a blizzard look like? Check out Stevens Pass during windstorm

While some might think that a heavy snow amid gusts of 30-40 mph might be cause to stay away, Jonathan Cooper thought, you know, maybe I ought to capture this on film.

He braved the blowing snow to head up to Stevens Pass during Wednesday's storm to give a glimpse of what life was like up in the mountains.

It wasn't an official blizzard --it qualified on the wind, defined as 35 mph+ winds (which the anemometer at Stevens Pass showed gusts of 30+ mph with a peak gust of 42) but also 1/4 mile visibility or less, and judging from Cooper's video, it doesn't look like it was that low. (And notice your cell phones didn't blare to life with dire warnings.)

But from a Western Washington "we freak out over 2 inches of snow" perspective, it might as well be thought of as a blizzard: