Snow Microphysics: Why is it so important?  Click here to learn more about this interesting topic.

Numerical Prediction Models better forecast areas of large scale forcing which lead to precipitation, then they can forecast actual “quantitative precipitation amounts” over a given area.

During big snowfalls, much of the heavy snow falls in a short time frame. Forecasting these brief periods of snowfall is very important for both short term considerations and total storm snowfall.

There is considerable variability to the character of snow from event to event and during an event.

Snowflake size and type has considerable impact on overall snow accumulation rate and visibility… which then greatly affects travel and safety.