It’s chilly outside, and in some areas it is downright freezing. Here in San Diego we never get snow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the cold weather from afar. We’ve curated 32 QHD and HD wallpapers of beautiful snowflakes for your backgrounds.

I’m sure you many of you who live in cold weather know these facts about snow, but for those of us who live in the sun, here are a few interesting tidbits(thanks to

Snow is actually clear and colorless.

“The complex structure of snow crystals results in countless tiny surfaces from which visible light is efficiently reflected. What little sunlight is absorbed by snow is absorbed uniformly over the wavelengths of visible light thus giving snow its white appearance.” – National Snow and Ice Data Center

World Record Snowfall

Mt. Baker ski area in Washington State has the world record for snowfall at 1,140 inches of snow in the 1998/1999 winter season.  Mt. Baker ski area is located near but not on the real 10,781’ Mount Baker.  You can just imagine what the snow totals were on the real Mount Baker that year

What is a Blizzard?

A blizzard occurs when you can’t see for 1/4 mile. The winds are always 35 miles an hour or more.  The storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm.

6 Sides or Bust

All snowflakes have 6 sides.  Period.  The reasoning behind this gets techy, but it’s cool:

The oxygen atom has a particularly strong attraction to the electron clouds of the two hydrogen atoms and pulls them closer. This leaves the two hydrogen ends more positively charged, and the center of the “V” more negatively charged. When other water molecules “brush up” against this growing snowflake, strong forces between the negatively charged and positively charged parts of different particles cause them to join together in a very specific three-dimensional pattern with a six-sided symmetry. Each water molecule that joins the snowflake reflects this pattern until eventually we can see its macroscopic six-sided shape.” –

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Check out the wallpapers and download as many as you would like.

The wallpapers are all in the scrolling images above, and if you want to save them, follow these instructions:

  1. Click the left/right arrows to scroll through the images
  2. Maximize the image you like by clicking on it
  3. Long press or hold down on the image and click “save”
  4. Go to your gallery or Google Photos and find your image
  5. Click “use as” and then click wallpaper

If you see a wallpaper that belongs to you and you would like to receive credit, I would love to give it to you! Just drop a comment in the section provided below with some proof (You know, just so we don’t have people claiming things that are not theirs…) So, please choose those that you like and enjoy!

Some of my favorites are listed below.

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