Does the temperature have to be 32 degrees for snow to fall?

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by Jeff Renner

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KING5.com

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 23 at 8:41 AM

Does the temperature have to be 32 degrees for snow to fall?

No. What's important is the temperature in the cloud where the snow forms; that obviously must be freezing-usually well below freezing. Snow may fall...and stick...even when temperatures are above freezing...usually in the mid 30's. That's because colder air often accompanies heavier snow showers to the ground; sometimes the initial melting of snowflakes on the ground can also result in cooling from evaporation.

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