TOLEDO (WTOL) - A literally cool trend is currently circulating on social media in our area - turning boiling liquid into “snow” when tossing it into the arctic air.

You’ve probably seen lots of videos of hot coffee, water and numerous liquids seemingly becoming “snowflakes” instantly.

But what makes that possible?

First of all, what’s really happening isn’t that snow is forming - that takes place when temperatures are low and there is moisture in the atmosphere in the form of tiny ice crystals.

When you throw boiling water into the air, the water rapidly evaporates into a vapor, which immediately condenses into a cloud.

Regardless, it’s pretty cool to see it happen, as illustrated by a video shared by viewer Erin Graf, who conducted the experiment Wednesday at Holland Sylvania and Hill avenue.

Follow a few tips to do it safely, though! Wear adequate protection to be out in the elements (layer up). Be aware of which way the wind is blowing so you don’t end up with a faceful of either liquid or vapor.

And be aware that any water that doesn’t evaporate can still be hot enough to cause burns if it hits your skin. For that reason, it is not advisable to throw it over your head, or near anyone else.