Close-up of fresh snow on a windshield. 17 Mar 14

Close-up of fresh snow on a windshield.

CANADA / Toronto / 01.03.2008

Fresh snow on a windshield.

Snow is a type of precipitation within the Earth’s atmosphere in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. Since snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material. Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

The process of precipitating snow is called snowfall. Snowfall tends to form within regions of upward motion of air around a type of low-pressure system known as an extratropical cyclone.

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