snow fence


Definition of snow fence

: a usually slatted fence placed across the path of prevailing winds to protect something (such as a building, road, or railroad track) from drifting snow by disrupting the flow of wind and causing the snow to be deposited on the lee side of the fence

Examples of snow fence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the 6,272-square-foot home are concrete columns with wooden snow fence—a type of fencing often set up in Colorado fields—to bring a layered, textured stone look to the interior. Emily Nonko, WSJ, "House of the Year, Third Place: A Cantilevered Colorado Home Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright," 29 Jan. 2020 While the open sites warmed about 1°C over the five years of the study, the sites with snow fences were almost 1°C warmer than that. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Alaskan permafrost warming experiment produces surprising results," 3 July 2019 This had the effect of making the ground at these sites warmer than in the open spots without snow fences, which simulated future warming. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Alaskan permafrost warming experiment produces surprising results," 3 July 2019 People flocked to the West Side park to try to see the alligator, with Chicago Park District workers putting up snow fencing around the lagoon Thursday to keep onlookers away from the water. Eliza Fawcett,, "Alligator in Humboldt Park Lagoon evading capture for third day as park crews put up fences," 11 July 2019 Other patterns derive from snow fences, doilies, smoke rings and other unlikely phenomena, sometimes photographed, manipulated and used as springboards for drawing or collaging. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Frank Stella Unbound’ Review: Leaving His Mark on Literature," 25 June 2018 CBS News spoke to Jamie Enderlen of the National Weather Service alongside the facility's still-standing snow fence. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, ""I think it's still winter": Spring feels delayed throughout much of the country," 28 Apr. 2018 In another project, shrubs and other larger plants will be planted in some spots, serving as snow fences and wind breaks. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "Illinois Tollway, Morton Arboretum to plant 58,000 trees along roads for research," 27 Apr. 2018 It will be lined with temporary markers, and snow fences to help keep drifts from piling up. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "New snow roads will link Alaska’s road system to Arctic communities," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snow fence

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Snow fence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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