Snow

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Snow is created on unroofed areas during snowy weather. It can be removed by Fire, steam geysers, lightning, colonists when designated with the Snow Clear Zone, and by temperatures above 0 °C (32 °F).

Colonists may build snowmen as a recreational activity when there is snow on the ground.

Weather

There are two types of snowy weather: gentle snow and hard snow. These can occur at temperatures of -0.5 °C (31.1 °F) and below.

Weather Accuracy modifier Move speed modifier Snow rate
Gentle snow 80% 100% 120%
Hard snow 80% 80% 80%

In snowy weather, snow gathers on the ground as long as it is unroofed. Various depths of snow exist, with deeper levels hindering movement more.

Level Depth range (%)[1] Move speed (%)
Dusting 3 ≤ 𝑥 < 25 100
Thin 25 ≤ 𝑥 < 50 76
Medium 50 ≤ 𝑥 < 75 62
Thick 75+ 52
  1. Depth is an internal value, measured from 0% to 100%, hidden from the player.

Melting

The melting rate of snow from ambient temperature is found using the following table:

Temperature range Melting rate (depth %/tick)
0 °C (32 °F) and below 0
Between 0 °C (32 °F) to 10 °C (50 °F) 0.058% of temperature²
10 °C (50 °F) and above 0.58% of temperature

As a result, snow will not be melted by ambient temperatures of 0 °C (32 °F) or less, and the higher the temperature the faster the snow will melt.