Originally Posted by Xerxes
my friends and I would throw sandballs at each other like kids at the snow do with snowballs. Problem was it always went in someone's eye and was a real bitch to get out.
Sandballs??!! That sounds like it must hurt!! I've been pelted by sand on windy days at the beach, and it hurts! At least we are wearing coats when hit by a snowball
.... and they are soft, depending on the kind of snow. Very wet snow can make a harder/heavier snowball. And forget about the ice ones. Ouch!!
Snow has different consistencies depending on how wet/slushy/heavy or dry/fluffy/light it is. It falls at different rates - light snowfall or heavy snowfall. We call a light snowfall "a dusting". Snowflakes vary in size depending on the air temperature. Large flakes mean that it's warmer out - just below freezing. The colder the air, the smaller the flakes.
I have been snowed in. I remember one very bad blizzard - they had to stop mail delivery. Nobody could go out on the roads. Heavy snow can take down power lines, so we lose power in storms like that.
Everything you see in the movies is accurate regarding snow. The highway department has sand and salt trucks and they spray sand on the roads when it snows, to give the tires traction. Salt is for melting ice. Driving can be very hazardous (especially with ice) and sometimes we are asked not to drive at all if it's too dangerous.
If you ever do fly somewhere cold, they might de-ice your plane. That just happened on my plane when I flew in the snow last month. They spray the plane wings with de-icing fluid.
Anyway... that's all the info on snow that I can think of! Hope you get to experience it someday. If you do.... dress in layers - it keeps you warmer
And don't forget to cover your EARS! They get cold fast!!