Researchers from Montreal, Canada used a "snow chamber" to simulate different types of snowfall. The snow in the experiment was mixed with common air pollutants to see how much pollution the snow retained.
After just one hour of the snow being exposed to pollution, the level of toxic pollutants within the snow increased alarmingly. Toxic particles were being held within the small particles of ice. Yikes.
8. Once The Snow Melts, Pollution Is Released Back Into the Air
Although we can thank snowfall for absorbing these toxic particles and removing them from the air seasonally, once the snow melts the pollution either remains in the water or is released back into the atmosphere. Neither are very good options for the environment.
9. It's Hard To Escape Car Exhaust In Any Environment
Dr. Parisa Ariya — the researcher at the forefront of the snow study — stated that "as a mother who is an atmospheric physical chemist, I definitely do not suggest my young kids to eat snow in urban areas in general." Sound advice.
Just be sure to avoid harmful toxins by foregoing the consumption of any of this year's snowfall, no matter how fresh it may seem. Snowflakes are simply a recipe for air pollution and disease-causing toxins.