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.