Shoveling has been a reoccurring theme for the previous week with two winter storm systems coming through. Snow/ice is classified as a mineral meaning that we have the ability to classify it! Take out your hand lens and grain size chart and determine what size particles you are shoveling, skiing, or sledding in! Bonus-the snowflakes look pretty underneath a hand lens too! Laminations can also be observed in the cross sections of snow along driveways and walkways.
More about snow: https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/snow