‘Strange’ hailstones which have been described as being ‘like mini snowballs’ have fallen in Essex.
Essex residents have seen a range of weather systems over the past few weeks, with Storms Eunice and Franklin causing huge disruption.
But it looks like the county is still experiencing tough weather conditions as much of the county has been battered by heavy downpours and hailstones.
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However, some Essex residents were left bewildered after receiving snow-like hailstones instead of ‘normal’ hailstones throughout the day on Thursday (Feb 24).
Hailstones form when raindrops are carried upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freeze – turning them into balls of ice.
They then grow by colliding with drops of liquid water that freeze on the surface of the hailstones.
However, snow is made up of one or more tiny ice crystals that come together to form the complex and unique shapes of a snowflake.
Much of Essex was battered by “strange” hailstones, taking the form of “mini snowballs” instead of the traditional ice ball.
Parts of Essex saw hailstones around 8am this morning, then a second set of hailstones hit the county again around 3pm (February 24).
Videos shared with essex live, show huge balls of ice falling in Halstead, Essex, which looked more like small snowballs.
The Halstead resident said: ‘You have very strange hailstones in Halstead! It’s almost like tiny snowballs rather than ice.
Meanwhile, Billericay Town FC also saw huge hailstones during the downpour at New Lodge earlier this morning.
Another Essex resident @Jueloubox also saw hailstones twice. They tweeted: “Second set of hailstones today, first batch I ran in.”
Essex has already been hit by severe weather as Storm Eunice caused huge disruption to homes, roads and railways last week.
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