snow line


Definition of snow line

: the lower margin of a perennial snowfield

Examples of snow line in a Sentence

climbing above the snow line
Recent Examples on the Web There was no concern that snow would mix with sleet or rain anywhere but on Nantucket and outer Cape Cod, as cold air entrenched in place was keeping the rain/snow line about 70 miles offshore. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Snow would overspread the region Sunday afternoon but the rain-snow line would quickly shift north and west to the city by early Sunday night. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The rain-snow line would push well west of the city leaving the I-81 corridor with the heavy snow, possibly amounts approaching a foot. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2020 The homestead where Cary’s dad had grown up and where Cary himself had spent his earliest years was in a narrow canyon perpendicular to the prevailing winds, barely far enough below the snow line to be habitable. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 The radar can also deduce the size, shape and velocity of particles, allowing for meteorologists to search for tornado debris, figure out where a rain/snow line is, or even learn about electric fields., 1 Oct. 2021 Forecast details, including where the rain-snow line sets up and amounts of snow and rain, may not come into focus until around Monday. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 For some of us, a heavy snow load will have helped—the snow actually protected plants beneath the snow line. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 1 Mar. 2021 But if the rain-snow line scoots toward the mountains, snow amounts will be limited and cold rain will prevail from I-95 eastward with a messy mix in between. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of snow line

circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2022

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“Snow line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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