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How is it possible for it to snow if the temp is 40 degrees?

This is the prediction for tomorrow. I thought it had to freeze for snow?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:11 PM on Dec. 3, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • Because the air temperature changes with altitude and often times it may say it is 40 degrees but the wind chill factor can make it the 32 degrees farenheit that is required for snow.

    Answer by momofkearra at 9:15 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • it actully has to above freezing for snow if it were freezing or below we would get hail

    Answer by jajamama at 9:29 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • The temperature in the sky is a lot colder than down here. So, it comes down as little ice crystals. The air, with wind, is usually colder than the "temperature". And jajamama is totally wrong... must be from so cal or something! Hail is frozen RAIN (actual droplets, large), whilst snow is simply very very small water crystals frozen together.

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 9:37 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • It happens all the time. Google it!!!

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 9:44 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Oh, and you know what? We get snow all the time when it is below doesn't hail must live down south. LOL. In Minnesota it snows at just about any temperature lower than 40 in the winter. WE get HAIL in the summer.

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 9:47 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • It may snow but with our luck it'll melt before it touches the ground. Right now our temp is at 38 been dropping all day. I live in TX. and the news is saying we should get around 1"-2" but we shall see.

    Answer by Jacqalyn at 10:11 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • It only has to be freezing up in the clouds where the snow is formed. The outside temp can effect whether or not the snow will stick to the ground, but a good frost, or mostly frozen ground will do the trick for that.

    Answer by mogencreative at 10:22 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Here in South Central Texas we get a good dusting once every few years..It doesn't hang around long. The snow is great when it comes like that. I hate the ice storms though. 2 yrs ago we had one that lasted 9 days..ugh! You don't appreciate how may bridges and overpasses there are until they freeze and become death roads.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 10:32 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • On the contrary, if it is too cold it wont snow.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:45 PM on Dec. 4, 2009

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