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Slippery Travel Today From Freezing Drizzle And Snow

Icy spots are developing on untreated surfaces this morning where temperatures are below freezing. The ongoing drizzle will transition to snow later this morning, ending by the evening. Roads and sidewalks may become slippery. Please slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination. Read More >


What are they?

A fallstreak hole (also known as a "hole punch cloud") is a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds.

How do they form?

High to mid level clouds, such as altocumulus, are often composed of tiny water droplets that are much colder than freezing, but have yet to freeze. These "supercooled" water droplets need a "reason" to freeze, which usually comes in the form of ice crystals. Planes passing through the cloud layer can bring these ice crystals.

Once the ice crystals are introduced, the water droplet quickly freeze, grow and start to fall. A hole is left behind, which will start to expand outward as neighboring droplets start to freeze.

The images below are from fallstreaks that developed on November 1, 2014 - contributed through facebook and twitter.

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Houston, MN - Jamie Vix Houston, MN - Lisa Shultz La Crosse, WI - Maddie Schlittler Minnesota City, MN - Tricia Duren
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Rochester, MN - Grant Sherwin Winona, MN - Jay Burros Winona, MN - Jay Burros ...