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You Asked 4 It: Which type of snow is the best to play in?

Eddie Garcia
December 14, 2018 07:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— KOB 4 Meteorologist Eddie Garcia received a new question for his You Asked 4 It series:


“What types of snow are there and which one is the best to play in,” Jackson asked.

Eddie said there are many different kinds of snow and it’s not all created equal.

The key lies in different combinations of temperature and moisture.

To make a large snowflake, there needs to be a lot of moisture in the air and the temperature needs to be between about zero and 10 degrees.

Eddie said large snowflakes stack on top of each other, creating snow that is great for skiing.

Smaller snowflakes form in slightly warmer temperatures, between 26 and 32 degrees.

This type of snow tends to be wetter and thicker, which means it's not the best for skiing. However, it is good for building a snowman.

Watch other You Asked 4 It stories:

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How do leaves change colors in the fall?

Why doesn't it rain salt water?

Why do we have a monsoon season?

Why can you smell rain?

Is it dangerous to take a shower during a thunderstorm?

Why do storms come from the west?

Why does it rain?

What causes wind?

What's with the temperature variations across NM?

What's the deal with the sun dog?

How does a cloud form?


Eddie Garcia

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