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The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides

While most snowflakes are hexagonal, not all have six sides.

You've probably heard that no two snowflakes are alike and that is absolutely true. However, while most snowflakes are hexagonal, not all have six sides.

There are actually 8 different types of snowflakes, many distinguishable in our part of the world in a winter season. Here is a list of all eight snowflakes you can see next time we have some wintry weather.

The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides
The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides
The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides
The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides
The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides
The Eric Factor: It’s true, no snowflakes are alike but not all have six sides

Finally, if you look hard enough, you might observe a twelve-branched snowflake. These are produced when two six-sided flakes run into one another. While you'd think these are the rarest, they actually happen more often than you think.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen