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The basic shape of bonds in snow is dictated by the geometrical requirements of grain-boundary grooves and is not a simple concave neck as has long been assumed. In fact, all of the earlier work on the theory of sintering in snow was based on an incorrect assumption about the geometry. A theory of the growth of bonds in snow is given here based on observations of their actual shape which is dominated by grain-boundary grooves. The theory describes the growth of the bond by the removal of water molecules from the grain boundary by diffusion due to the stress gradient. Three-dimensional grains are described and the dihedral angle is allowed to increase with time.