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What type of snow is this?

PUBLISHED: 12:04 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 01 March 2018

Snow in Norwich. A shopper slowly making their way up an icy Timber Hill. 1/3/2018.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. A shopper slowly making their way up an icy Timber Hill. 1/3/2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

The Beast from the East has wrecked havoc across the country, but what makes this snowfall different from what we are usually used to?

According to meteorologist Dan Holley, the UK is usually used to a wet snow.

However, the Beast from the East has been blown over from Serbia, where the snow is much more dry.

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As a result, and combined with the strong winds, the snow is blowing about very easily causing snowdrifts and poor driving conditions.

Mr Holley said “the water content is a lot lower than wet snow which is the type of snow we more typically get in the UK. Dry snow blows about very easily, hence why we have seen a lot of issues with drifting today, whereas wet snow tends to be very sticky and turns to ice much more easily.”

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Some news channels have referred to it as ‘champagne snow’, which is something that is commonly used on skiing tracks.

People will certainly have trouble building their snowmen though, as the snow doesn’t compact easily.


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