In a big snow, the sky itself seems to be snow, and snow has texture. A storm like this one managed to run a gamut of textures, from hard-frozen silvery dust at its beginning to flat iridescent plates, like little fragments of mica or muscovite, to conventional flakes and clumps of flakes. For a good while the snow was falling at the rate of a couple of inches an hour, the point at which whole landscape features disappear behind falling snow.
Various temperature bands in this storm all had their own snow signatures, or granular ice signatures. As of this afternoon, the snow has become a melting snow, since it is above freezing today, and that is something we have not seen much of in recent weeks.