USA: ‘Snownado!’ – Driver captures extremely rare snow devil in Idaho mountains

A rare snow devil, also known as a ‘snownado’ was captured in the mountains of Idaho last Wednesday (December 21).

The extraordinary weather phenomenon was recorded by an employee of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) as he was driving along a highway near Lava Hot Springs.

“On Wednesday one of our staff was driving US-30 over Fish Creek Summit while using a GoPro to capture stock footage. He was lucky enough to catch a snow devil on camera!” the ITD wrote via its Twitter account.

Snow devils occur when two wind currents collide over snow cover, causing a vortex of snow particles to rise from the ground.

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