In the current version of Minecraft, can water freeze to ice in tundra biomes, as it did in ice worlds before biomes were introduced?

Relatedly, can new snow fall in tundra biomes, after scooping up all the existing snow?

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Now that it can snow again in snowy biomes, water can indeed freeze to ice after long enough exposure to snowfall. See the 0:15 mark of the linked video for an example.

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    Don't forget to update this answer when snow starts to fall again!
    – ChrisF
    Commented Nov 16, 2010 at 12:19
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    Which could be pretty soon.
    – Bobby
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 19:29
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    – Sadly Not
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 16:06

In 1.5, coming out next week, snow will again periodically fall in snowy biomes, causing water to freeze into ice and replenishing the snow that you've collected beforehand.


As of Minecraft 1.6.6, water freezes and snow falls in icy biomes.

The top layer of water freezes in icy biomes, even when it is not snowing. Water will freeze even above sea level. (Although a development preview video prior to the 1.5 "Weather" update appeared to show water freezing, this feature did not work until Minecraft 1.6.)

As of the 1.5 "Weather" update, snow periodically falls in icy biomes as it did in old pre-biomes snowy worlds, and will form a layer of snow on the ground.

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