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

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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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1872, in the meaning defined above

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