What's The Difference Between Snow Showers And Flurries?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Even though snow has been non-existent this year so far, just in case snow ever reappears, one viewer wondered what the difference in terms was.

One is measuring duration, while the other is a measure of intensity. Snow showers means that you'll get short bouts of snow -- i.e., it can be snowing for an hour, then stop for two. It also means it might be snowing in some places around the area, but not others. (Same idea goes for "rain" showers or "thunder" showers as well.)

On the other hand, flurries is the rain equivalent of drizzle -- just a couple of flakes here and a few flakes there that don't amount to anything on the ground.

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