Ask Josh: SNOW!

Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick talks about a different form of snow.

Most areas have seen their first flakes of snow already this season.  By the way, no two snowflakes are exactly the same.  Think of them as finger prints.  They look similar but not exactly the same.

I got an e-mail from a viewer named Jackie in Pt. Pleasant, WV who asks "I saw some snow last Friday but it didn't really look like snow but more like a combo. of sleet and hail.  What was that?"

Well Jackie, I know exactly what you're talking about!  I saw the same thing that day and I took a photo (below).  What you, myself and others saw is what is known as Gropple.  It's a form of wintry precipitation that forms when the atmosphere isn't quite cold enough to make a classic looking snowflake.  You'll see Gropple most often when rain is changing to snow.


Another form of snow is called Snizzle.  This type of snow is very fine, light snow and it's basically frozen drizzle.

Keep those great questions coming folks!  Post your comments below.


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