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How Cold Does It Have to Be to Snow?

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, habitat, humans, nature, science, water, weather, world )

- 2694 days ago -
Contrary to popular belief and what has been posted, it does NOT have to be freezing or below at the surface to snow, since the temperatures are below freezing throughtout most of the atmosphere where the precipitation (snow) formed.

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Lydia S (155)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 11:33 am
Interesting, Often it does seem not that cold when it snows where I live.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 6:15 pm
I do not care what makes it snow, I just want a lot of it.

Ralph R S (56)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 7:52 pm
The surface temperature here was 41 degrees when it snowed here two weeks ago.

Patricia N (41)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 7:52 pm
Noted. I lived in Miami, Fl in 1977 and we had snow flurries-who'd thought.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 4, 2010, 8:44 pm
noted and i've seen it snow heavy with temps in the high 30's. and in the snow belt, we didn't get snow below freezing. just too cold to snow, but heavy winds could blow existing snow around and the freezing was always much worse than just the snow! for anyone wanting a lot of snow, living in the mountains will do it, but if you want lots of snow..up to the rafters type snow that lasts all winter, i suggest north or south dakota or montana. those would be my choices for a lot of winter weather.

. (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:22 pm
Here in NJ it snowed on Thanksgiving morning. A first for me.

Rebecca T (1)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:35 pm
I could have told you that... I live in Maine. That alone makes me a near expert on the subject. I'm with Bee Hive Lady - bring it on!

Mel I (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:50 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 1:15 pm
We have plenty of snow , if Bee Hive lady and Rebecca want some , just come and get it .

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:44 pm
Noted. Waiting for shortest day so I can start climbing toward Spring. Thank you.

Susan Pernot (75)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 2:44 pm
in my area of colorado it has to be 34-36 degrees for it to snow.

Janyce S (12)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:02 pm
Noted with interest

janet f (29)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:09 pm learn something new everyday.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 4:28 pm

Susan S (187)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 5:24 pm
There are a lot of blizzards in March on the prairies. Thanks.

Teresa K (33)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:08 pm
Noted thanks.

elle g (24)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:13 pm
Bloomin' cold is all I know.

Kari D (192)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:33 pm
I live in Minnesnowta!!!! We get allott!

Elise L (4)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 6:51 pm
This is more likely to snow when it's from 0 to -5 Celcius degrees (From 15 to 30 Fahrenheit degrees)

Charlene Rush (2)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:20 pm
My older age, does not like snow as much as it did, when I was a younger person. Give me spring and autumn, all year long.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:21 pm
Well, I do not know the answer to that question. I recently moved to Seattle from the Bay Area. Was certainly fore warned about the rain. Nobody told me that it was going to snow on Thanksgiving Day. I guess it is all about what you are used to.

Sherry D (47)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 7:44 pm
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Lidia E F (8)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 8:39 pm
We do not get snow.We have gotten hail,and heavy rains though.I miss the snow.It would be a perfect match for christmas.Send it my way please.Thanks.

Sonny H (5)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 10:45 pm
Thanks for the info. No snow where I live.

Geynell E (68)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 11:26 pm
LET IT SNOW!!! Love the stuff.

(except when I'm driving. Then it totally bites).

moggy w (119)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 11:33 pm
I hate snow - only children and plow operators like it; And I lived in Virginia 33 years; people were often surprised that we had a foot or more at a time. and the last year I lived there- l2009, we broke 100 yr.old records.Ieven lived 2 yrs i Duluth, Minn., where it can get to cold to snow. I want spring and fall ll uear. even a soupcon of summer. At east snow in VA was pretty. In Ny iit's just a slushy,grey mess.

Nola g (5)
Monday December 6, 2010, 4:52 am
Thank you for the article. I live in kitimat, which means people of the snow. We get a lot of snow. One year it was almost to the roof. My son was playing outside & he walked right by the kitchen window, 2nd story of our house.

David E (1)
Monday December 6, 2010, 5:35 am

Victoria S (19)
Monday December 6, 2010, 6:52 am
Love snow, it makes the world look so nice and clean and peaceful...

Alicia N (87)
Monday December 6, 2010, 9:45 am
Noted. When snows, everything is so quiet, relaxing just so perfect for a nice walk or meditating. I don't like to drive when we have black ice, scary.....

Lika P (130)
Monday December 6, 2010, 11:33 pm
I just hate the bitter cold that comes after the snow, here in Wisconsin... I sometimes wonder why I still live here.
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