A quick lesson in 'power plant snow'

What is power plant snow?
Published: Jan. 17, 2018 at 2:37 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2018 at 4:20 PM EST
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BOONE CO., KY (FOX19) - Call it power plant plant snow.

If you were in Northern Kentucky Wednesday morning, you may have noticed light snow creating a dusting in parts of northern Boone County along KY 18.

What looks like lake effect snowfall is described by meteorologists as a relatively rare atmospheric phenomenon created by unique conditions of both temperature and humidity.

Warm steam from a power plant near the Kentucky-Indiana border is moving into very cold air that is 10 degrees or less, causing what appears to be lake effect snow.

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