A snowflake isn’t a snowflake, isn’t a snowflake — and the science behind the differences

November 18, 2021
Zoey (left) and Bailey race back to their human, Maggie Siple, on a snowy day in Rosedale park. Jan. 26, 2021.Zoey (left) and Bailey race back to their human, Maggie Siple, on a snowy day in Rosedale park. Jan. 26, 2021.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Zoey (left) and Bailey race back to their human, Maggie Siple, on a snowy day in Rosedale park. Jan. 26, 2021.

It's only a matter of time before the state's blanketed in snow -- which is great if you're a skier, but maybe not so much when you have to shovel your drive along the Front Range. But did you know there are actually different types of snowflakes? Sam Ng is an avid snow watcher and an expert in the different kinds of snowflakes that fall to the ground. He's also a professor of meteorology at Metropolitan State University of Denver.