Thunder Snow Expected

Bell Tower in the Snow

PHOTO | Tara Espinoza

When people think of snow, they often do not imagine booming thunder and lightning illuminating the powdery landscape, but this rare phenomenon is exactly what forecasters are expecting to happen Tuesday, January 24.

This storm is expected to also bring two to four inches of snow, which has led to the cancellation of classes late Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thundersnow typically happens in blizzards and other large snowstorms. The anomaly acts typical to other thunderstorms, where warmer air in the atmosphere creates lightning and thunder.

The difference between the two is that snow tends to muffle the sharp sound of thunder, opting to produce a low rumble rather than a sharp bang.