The largest snowflake recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records fell at Fort Keogh, Montana and was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. • Scientists study snowflakes by spreading a chemical compound over a glass plate and waiting until a snowflake lands there. The compound immediately covers the snowflake and hardens. When the snowflake melts, it leaves behind a plastic case that shows its exact structure! • When combined, windblown snow and black dirt make what is called snirt. • A snow storm becomes a blizzard when visibility is under 1/4 mile and the storm continues for more than 3 hours with winds of 35 mph. • Stampede Pass, Washington averages 430 inches of snow per year. No wonder it’s known as the snow capital of the United States! • Snowflakes actually start as tiny ice crystals that form from water vapor that freezes in the atmosphere. • The size of a snowflake depends on how many ice crystals connect together. • Each snowflake is made up of about 200 ice crystals. • Snowflakes have six sides. • There is no scientific proof that no two snowflakes aren’t exactly alike. • On average snowflakes fall from the sky at 3-4 miles per hour. • Close to 80% of the worlds fresh water supply comes from snow and ice. • Snow is not actually white but clear. Snow looks white because of the way the light reflects off of the ice crystals. • After capturing 5,000 snowflakes and finding no two identical, Wilson Bentley wanted the world to know just how unique snowflakes were. • Billions of snowflakes fall is every snowstorm.