What's Graupel?

It's a form of snow. Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick shows you what it looks like and how it forms!

Most areas have seen their first flakes of snow 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.

James in Boyd County, KY asks "I saw some snow a couple Friday's ago but it didn't really look like snow but more like a combo. of sleet and hail.  What was that?"

Well James, I know exactly what you're talking about!  I saw the same thing.  What you, myself and others saw is what is known as Graupel.  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 Graupel 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.

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