Forecasters predict up to 2in could fall in a single hour and nasty twists over the weekend with lethal freezing rain, which freezes on contact with surfaces, and thundersnow
, transport chaos and school closures yesterday as forecasters warned there is plenty more snow still to fall.
Massachusetts had an electrifying white Christmas with instances of thundersnow
reported on the holiday throughout the Boston metro area Monday.
The model also revealed that turbulence can increase static electricity in a snowstorm to create thundersnow
conditions, with no preexisting electric field necessary.
As for the thundersnow
yesterday, heavy snow fall came accompanied by cracks of thunder and lightning shortly after 9.
Some areas could even see lightning and thundersnow
, the Weather Channel said.
Forecasters said the west of the country also faces the possibility of thundersnow
from today - the rare phenomenon of lightning illuminating snow flurries, caused by unstable warm air thermals slicing through cold air.
James Lackenby said: "Thunder and lightning along with the snow is called Thundersnow
One source says thundersnow
in the United States is reported on average only 6.
THE River Mersey lit up with forked lighting as a rare thundersnow
storm hit the region.
THE CHICAGO-DUPAGE, ILLINOIS, THUNDERSNOW
EVENT OF 31 JANUARY 2002.
Lightning can happen any time of year, as demonstrated by the thundersnow
in Chicago during the near-nationwide blizzard on February 2," said Terry Kelly, CEO of Weather Central.