These stunning images show what Martian snow looks like – it’s like nothing on Earth

The Bay Area is in the middle of a freezing cold snap, propelled by a blast of icy Arctic air.

But winter temperatures on Mars can drop more than 200 degrees. Amidst these frigidly cold conditions, the Red Planet develops ice, sleet and – at its coldest – several feet of snow.

This is not water-based snow, like what has accumulated in California’s Sierra Nevada. Because the Red Planet is so dry and so cold, scientists don’t think such snowflakes will reach the surface.

But there is another type of snow, which consists of carbon dioxide.

“Enough of a fall that you could snowshoe across,” said Sylvain Piccio, a Mars scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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