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I noticed the snowflake symbol next to the temp on the gauge cluster this AM. Temp ws above freezing. When does the symbol appear?
 

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When the car thinks that the temp is close enough to freezing that there may be slick road surfaces......usually within a few degrees above.
 

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I saw that this morning for the first time too!

Any other hidden (as in, "not in the manual") symbols I should watch for?
 

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I saw that this morning for the first time too!

Any other hidden (as in, "not in the manual") symbols I should watch for?
This isn't new to Volvo's, they've had the "Snowflake" symbol for a long time now.

Mine came on at 31 degrees here in NJ around 6am.
 

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Comes on at 36 degrees F.
 

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Mine has it and it's a 1999 model. And yes, usually comes on slightly above freezing temperatures as a precautionary warning.
 

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When the car thinks that the temp is close enough to freezing that there may be slick road surfaces......usually within a few degrees above.
Actually, the car does not "think". It uses the external temp sensor and when the ambient temp hits 36 degrees F (+2 Celsius) the snowflake will appear to warn the driver that (potentially) wet spots could be turning slick. I will stay all the way through 23 degrees F (about -5 Celsius). Once the temp goes lower than that, it will disappear.
 

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This is not unique to Volvo. Many cars show a snowflake warning when the temperature drops to near freezing.
 

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This isn't new to Volvo's, they've had the "Snowflake" symbol for a long time now.

Mine came on at 31 degrees here in NJ around 6am.
This is my first Volvo and it isn't mentioned in the manual. I RTFMed several times and searched the PDF yesterday...

My wife's car (non-Volvo) also has the indicator.
 

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Every vehicle I've had with a temp sensor give you a warning at 37 degrees Fahrenheit. I believe this is because the ground could be cooler than the air temp, so warning is given that there may be slick spots forming.
 

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Odd that this is not in the manual (I could not find it either). I did find this in the
XC90 manual (searching PDF):

When the ambient temperature is between 23° and 36 °F (–5° and +2 °C), a snowflake symbol is shown in the display.

So below 23F it is off.

This time of year we think about the temps falling and that gives a false trigger since ice has
not accumulated. It is the temp rising from below freezing to above freezing (early morning) where
there is still ice on the ground that I think is most important to warn about.
 

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Odd that this is not in the manual (I could not find it either). I did find this in the
XC90 manual (searching PDF):

When the ambient temperature is between 23° and 36 °F (–5° and +2 °C), a snowflake symbol is shown in the display.

So below 23F it is off.

This time of year we think about the temps falling and that gives a false trigger since ice has
not accumulated. It is the temp rising from below freezing to above freezing (early morning) where
there is still ice on the ground that I think is most important to warn about.
Also not mentioned in the manual is the automatic rear defroster kicking in at startup when the OAT is below about 45F.
 

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Guess the SnowFlake was right last night, haha! FYI the tires handled fine in the several inches that we got and some sections were a heavy/slush mix, no slippage at all!



At Red Bull Arena waiting for the game to start, needless to say it got postponed to tonight.
 

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NJ gets no rest!
Tell me about it! Can you believe the stupid DC United coach kept on insisting to play this match, eventhough roughly 6" of heavy wet snow kept falling at Blizzard like conditions; the guy is mental!
 

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Another feature is auto window roll-up. With your windows down, press and hold the lock button on your car door. It may work, it may not
 
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