(Collaborative) Snow Effect

After playing minecraft and messing with the new biome, I discovered a peculiar and smart way to render snow effects.

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An animated snow texture was applied to two intersecting planes, and then each set of planes spawned squarely around the player about 24 times to form a tube-like encasement for the player.
When the player moved, the snow planes were created so that the player was never out of the snow “tube”.
I can create a good ‘falling snow’ texture, and you (the coder) should be able to create a piece of code that would allow this to be possible clientside.

If this were done correctly, we could have a decent snow effect that doesn’t use any laggy particles!