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Here's what different types of snowflakes look like up close

The Mount Washington Observatory captured what those frozen crystals really look like, and they are pretty unique.

As snow falls on much of the Northeast, now seems like a good time to talk snowflakes.

No two snowflakes are alike, right?

Well, while each flake is certainly unique, it turns out they come in some similar styles.

The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire's White Mountains caught an up-close view of a few types of these frozen crystals.


The observatory sits at the summit of the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at about 6,289 feet, so it often catches some extreme weather. In today's storm, the top of the mountain could be hit with 2 to 3 feet of snow, but before things got too messy today, scientists were able to capture this shot as unique as the snowflakes in it.

From the picturesque "stellar dendrite" snowflake to the rare "capped columns," these are some of the shapes within those inches piling up on our streets today.

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