It looked just like a snow globe Friday when the snow was falling. The snow was quick to accumulate on the roads, but was beautiful to look at as it. And the size of the snowflakes made it look even more magnificent. But have you ever wondered why snowflakes are the way they are? And what was happening in the atmosphere Friday evening to allow such huge snowflakes to fall?
Strong winds break apart snowflakes as they fall. But when the wind is light snowflakes can continue to grow in size, especially heavy wet snow. In fact, these types of snowflakes can grow to silver dollar size in diameter or larger! Light winds prevent the snowflakes from breaking into smaller pieces, protecting the liquid film around them.