Watch 'Beyond the Forecast: Northwest Snow'

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Posted on November 29, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 30 at 8:50 AM

Snow means many things for many people.  For motorists it can turn a drive into a nightmare. For children it can mean a day of sledding thrills. 

But what are the conditions that determine which areas receive heavy snow, while other areas experience no snow or just rain?  Tonight, the KING 5 weather team takes a look at snow in the Northwest.
 
Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner hops into a plane to help explain how snowflakes form, showing you the conditions that come together to produce snow.  We also tag along with snow plow drivers on I-90 as they try to keep the pass clear, and head into the backcountry to see how experts predict and control avalanches.

Plus, see what it's like to spend the night in a snow cave on Mount Rainier, as we learn how animals survive the deep freeze.

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