How snowflakes are formed |

How snowflakes are formed

Snow crystals form in clouds when water vapor condenses directly into ice.

Flakes aren’t frozen raindrops ” when raindrops freeze they form sleet or hail, without any of the patterns found in snow.

When a water droplet freezes in a cloud, it becomes a crystal and is surrounded by other liquid water droplets, forming a flake.

The most simple snow crystal is a hexagonal prism. Different temperatures dictate the shape of the prism, creating anything from a hexagonal plate to a long column.

Snow crystals can also form around other particles floating in the air, like clay, dust, silica, volcanic ash, or meteor fragments.

” Information from,

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User