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What is a snow drift? Everything you need to know as second red weather warning issued

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 28/02/2018 Laura Lyne
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A second red weather warning for Dublin has been issued, and it's bringing snow drifts along with it.

As conditions are to worsen across the capital heading toward the end of the week, the snow drifts are expected to settle in many places across Dublin.

But, what exactly is a snow drift? We did some investigating, and here's what you can expect...

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What is a snow drift?

A snow drift is a deposit of snow that is turned into a mound due to the wind during a snowstorm.

What do snow drifts look like?

Think of a sand dune, but made with snow instead. They're also formed in a similar way to sand dunes.

Where can snow drifts be found?

Snow drifts can be found at or on roads, along walls or in areas where the snow can be trapped.

And here's a random fact about snow drifts...

A 19th century explorer named Jeremy Triefenbach claimed he was trapped in snow drift and survived on snow for 13 days. We don't know whether to believe that or not.


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