Snow surrounding Cincinnati…or not

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Snow all around Cincinnati? The uninitiated may think so. This is virga, snow falling but not reaching the ground due to dry air near the surface. The radar beam is higher farther from the radar site so it is picking up snow a distance from the site but not at the site itself.

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