Thundersnow: Nature's rare mix of winter weather and thunder

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Less than 1 percent of all snowstorms are associated with thunder. (Robert Reeves/Facebook via Storyful)

Thundersnow that happens when thunder and lightning occurs during snowfall. The rare weather event can be helpful for predicting a larger storm.

Less than 1 percent of all snowstorms are associated with thunder, according to ABC News. They require just the right mix of atmospheric instability and upward motion of warm air that make both snowstorms and thunder unique.

"Thunder and lightning existing in the storm are usually a symptom of something else," Patrick Market, associate professor of atmosphere science at the University of Missouri, told ABC News. "That's usually a harbinger of somebody getting a significant snowfall later on."

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