How to snore
The pictures labelled "normal" and "snoring" give you a bit of an idea. The noise comes from some part of the airway flapping about as the beloved snorer sucks air into their lungs, breath after deafening breath. It's actually a bit more complicated than what the pictures show... the video below does a much better job of explaining it.
The video shows some exciting images from inside a snorer's airway. Very informative but may cause loss of lunch in some viewers.