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This 35.33 mm (1.39 inches) snowflake photographed in Stonybrook, NY in 2015 was the largest captured over multiple winters by researchers using a special camera designed to image falling snowflakes. Sandra Yuter hide caption

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Sandra Yuter

Just how big can a snowflake get? It depends on what you mean by 'snowflake'

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IMPACTS mission researchers inside the research plane, monitoring weather data being collected by onboard instruments. Erica McNamee/NASA hide caption

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What scientists are hoping to learn by flying directly into snowstorms

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A tractor sits in front of a pile of salt used to create brine that will help clear road of ice and snow ahead of a winter storm in Forest Park, Ga., on Friday. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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