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Many reported snow flurries falling in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast of Florida on Wednesday.
Crystal Magnant shot video of what appears to be snow flurries coming down in downtown West Palm Beach around 1:45 p.m.
Amber Fortino Castro also shot video of what she called snow flurries in her backyard in Port St. Lucie around 11:45 a.m.
VIDEO OF POSSIBLE FLURRIES:
VIDEO: Snow flurries in Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast
Meteorologist Steve Weagle of WPTV in West Palm Beach said the National Weather Service recorded the temperature at Palm Beach International Airport around 1:45 p.m. as 57 degrees with light rain.
However, Weagle said it’s possible that gusty winds pushed cold air and snow flurries down from the clouds, and the flurries didn’t have a chance to melt before hitting the ground.
The National Weather Service said what fell may have been graupel, not snow. Graupel is a soft ice pellet-looking precipitation or small hail.The NWS describes it like this: “Graupel forms in the same way as hail except the diameter is less than 5 millimeters. It usually grows by soft hail processes.”
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