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Did you hear thunder this morning? Storm Center 7 meteorologist explains why 

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7:15 AM

Snow and lightning in Carlisle, Warren County/Courtesy WHIO viewer: Nicole Rae Cross

Thundersnow, sometimes called a winter thunderstorm, is a real but rare weather phenomenon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Molly Coates.

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With a typical thunderstorm, ice particles begin colliding within the cloud, creating positive and negative charges. Once there is enough energy built up, there will be a release resulting in thunder and lighting.

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ODOT camera captures lightning during Wednesday winter storm
This same process occurs with thundersnow. This happens when, during a winter storm, we occasionally hear a loud clap of thunder accompanied by heavy snowfall.