Snowflake Size Contributes to Overall Accumulation

South Central Indiana is expected to get 3-6 inches of snow today. The National Weather Service says the size of the snowflakes affects total accumulation.

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The size of a snowflake can affect total snow accumulation.

South Central Indiana continues to be under a winter weather advisory through 1 a.m. Friday.  Forecasters predict total accumulation to be somewhere between 3-6 inches.  According to the National Weather Service, a front passing through the area is causing snow bands that are leading to heavy accumulation.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Crystal Pettet says the type of snow, either fluffy or wet, can determine the amount that accumulates.

“We can generally across the area we’ll see something like a ten to one ratio so that if you had a tenth of an inch of water it would produce an inch of snow, but when you get those bigger snowflakes what you can get instead is that same tenth of an inch of water could produce two inches of snow.”

Snow accumulation so far this year in South Central Indiana has been 8 inches…that includes today’s snowfall.  Pettet says that does put us over where we normally are for accumulation by this point in the year.

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