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Snow is a meteorological and climatological phenomenon that consists of ice crystals or aggregates of ice crystals falling from clouds. It is a form of precipitation, and when enough snow accumulates on the ground, it can create a snow cover. Snow can have a significant impact on ecosystems, transportation, and various aspects of human life.[1]


Snow forms when the temperature in the atmosphere is cold enough for water vapor to freeze. Snowflakes typically develop in clouds, where water droplets freeze onto dust or other particles, creating ice crystals. These crystals grow and develop various shapes as they fall through the atmosphere. The complexity of snowflake shapes is a result of different environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, during their formation.[2]


  • Aesthetics: Many people appreciate the visual beauty of a snow-covered landscape, which can be a source of inspiration for art and literature.
  • Recreation: Snow is commonly associated with winter sports and activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
  • Transportation: Snowfall can disrupt transportation, causing delays and accidents on roads and at airports. Snowplows and salt are often used to clear snow from roadways.[3]
  • Ecological: Snow plays a crucial role in ecosystems, providing insulation for plants and animals during cold winters. Many animals, such as snow hares and foxes, have adaptations that help them thrive in snowy environments.


The depth of snowfall is typically measured in inches or centimeters, and its water content is measured as snow-water equivalent (SWE). Snow is monitored for its contribution to freshwater resources, especially in regions where it serves as a primary water source.[4]


  • Snowflakes: Snowflakes come in a variety of intricate and unique shapes. No two snowflakes are alike, and their intricate patterns have fascinated scientists and artists for centuries.
  • Texture: Snow can vary in texture, from powdery, dry snow to wet, heavy snow. The texture is influenced by temperature and moisture content.[5]
  • Color: Freshly fallen snow often appears white, but it can take on a bluish or grayish hue due to the scattering of sunlight.