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#SciencingTheStorm: Which will freeze first?

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Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 22:27:37-05

With freezing rain, dangerous wind chills and possible snow on the way tonight, the KRIS 6 News Digital Team thought it would be cool to #sciencethestorm. So we set up several items: A small Mason jar with water, a plastic shot glass with water, a plant with a rain gauge, a can of RC Cola and a mini can of Dr. Pepper to see how they would handle the cold.
The water will eventually freeze, and we want to see how long it takes for the sodas to freeze and the cans to deform.

UPDATE (9 p.m.): The water in the small shot glass and in the small Mason jar glass are now frozen solid.

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The RC Cola and Dr Pepper are still liquid after a slightly unscientific shake of the cans. There is ice on the plant leaves, and the rain gauge currently only has ice stuck to it.

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UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): The water in the small shot glass is the only thing that has frozen so far.

Sciencing the Storm 7:30 p.m.

The experiment began at 3:30 p.m. At 6:55 p.m., the rain on the surface of the rain gauge is frozen.

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A thin layer of ice has begun to form in the small shot glass,

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And has formed on the surface of veteran photographer Manuel Venegas' Tahoe.

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We'll have out tower cam pointed at it throughout the night, but much like us, it's not big on these temperatures. We can't guarantee it'll stay online the whole night, but we'll give it a go.