Happy snow day, Hudson Valley!

If you live in the Hudson Valley, you most likely have a snow day today or decided to keep safety first and stay off the roads. We're expecting up to 12 inches of snow in some parts of the Valley.

This morning I drove into work a little earlier than I usually do to hopefully avoid the nasty roads, luckily Winter Storm Niko had not started yet. The snow was just beginning to fall when I pulled into the parking lot and that's when I thought I saw lightning.

Because of the early hour, I thought I might be seeing things, however it happened again and this time followed by thunder.

Apparently, thundersnow is a thing.

After a little research, I found out that thundersnow has a lot to do with the different layers of clouds. The Weather Channel explains it much better than I can, but they say "Most thundersnow events develop when ordinary flat, layered snow clouds develop upward bumps or turrets."

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