What is thundersnow?

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs explains how Thundersnow forms.

Winter storms typically come with an eerie silence, but on rare occasions they are accompanied by a roar of thunder.

Thunder produced by a snowstorm is a real phenomena.

During a spring or summer storm, ice particles within the cloud collide, creating positive and negative charges. As the charge builds, it may become too intense and a bolt of lightning forms.

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This process is the same within a snowstorm. Due to the structure of a snowstorm, the flash of lightning may not be seen, especially during the day, but the loud clap of thunder can be heard. That sound is what’s called “Thundersnow.”

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