For “giant” snowflakes, conditions must be perfect: the humidity and temperature must be in the range that allows individual ice crystals to stick together and the wind must not blow the ice crystals apart.
An abundance of liquid (water) causes very large snowflakes. The colder the temperature, the dryer the snow, resulting in smaller snowflakes. If a snow is very wet, the plethora of water in the precipitation acts as glue, and causes the snow to stick together. This causes large snowflakes. This same ‘wet’ snow also allows for easy-to-make snowballs!
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