Severe Weather Preparedness Week on March, 2018: What would happen if a thunderstorm were to suddenly enter freezing air?

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What would happen if a thunderstorm were to suddenly enter freezing air?

This is definitely impossible based on the way thunderstorms form, but theoretically you would just get thundersnow! You'd see the lightening and the winds, but instead of a lot of rain or hail, you'd just get snow.

And thundersnow is something that does exist. In fact, less than a week ago, a place in Montana was basically under a thunderstorm warning, the only difference being that it was SNOW instead of rain!! Here's that special weather statement from the National Weather Service....

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT

332 PM MST SUN MAR 3 2013

MTC003-032245-

/O.CON.KBYZ.SV.W.0001.000000T0000Z-130303T2245Z/

BIG HORN MT-

332 PM MST SUN MAR 3 2013

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM MST

FOR NORTH CENTRAL BIG HORN COUNTY...

AT 323 PM MST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE

THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60

MPH. THESE STORM WERE LOCATED NEAR HARDIN...MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

IN ADDITION TO THE WINDS...THESE STORMS WILL PRODUCE VERY HEAVY

SNOW WHICH WILL CAUSE NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...

HARDIN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES

PER HOUR...DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION

MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR

BUSINESS.

It's rare but when it does happen, it is awesome!

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