According to Wikipedia, this is the definition of a blizzard:
"A blizzard is a severe storm condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and can include heavy snow. By definition, the difference between blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind. To be a blizzard, a snow storm must have winds in excess of 35 miles per hour (56 km/h). Additionally, blizzards must reduce visibility to 400 metres (1,300 ft) or less and must last for a prolonged period of time — typically three hours or more."
Yes indeed, that's what we experienced last week.How does severe weather like this affect the critters? Well, the Yaks and Yak-crosses carry on like it's an ordinary day. The layer of fat which lies just under their skin, combined with their hairy coats, protect them from the cold and wind. This is how they survive in their native Tibet.
I wasn't able to get out in this particular blizzard to get photos of the yaks, so I thought I'd share some from previous years.
The photo below is my all time favorite post-blizzard shot, back in the days before I owned a digital camera.
I also found this great video of yaks in a blizzard: