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No one knows why there are blizzards in Fortnite

Is this part of a new map change?

A Fortnite player stands in the middle of a blizzard looking out toward a barely visible bridge Image: Epic Games via Polygon
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Fortnite’s map often experiences chilly weather. Every year in the winter months, the map’s familiar landmarks get covered in snow. But this time around, there’s a bit more than a snowy dusting. Instead, a full-blown blizzard is hitting Fortnite’s Chapter 2 map, and no one knows why.

The in-game blizzards appear to be popping up in most of Fortnite’s game modes, and seem to happen in almost every match. Each new storm comes quickly and without warning. The map gets dark and heavy curtains of snow begin to fall. Visibility on the map gets reduced so much that you can only see a few feet in front of you. After just a few minutes, the snow relents and the storm disappears, leaving behind the normal Fortnite winter map.

As with any surprising, game-wide event in Fortnite, players are already searching for the greater meaning. Players haven’t found any evidence of the blizzards changing anything about the map, but some players are still searching in hopes finding something that’s been altered.

Regardless, the blizzard is a fun addition to Fortnite, and should lead to some interesting, albeit difficult to see fights. There’s no telling how long these winter storms might last, but the current Fortnite season is set to end sometime in February, and at least a few changes are expected then.

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