snow line

noun

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 For some of us, a heavy snow load will have helped—the snow actually protected plants beneath the snow line. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Winter Damage," 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, "Major winter storm to slam Mid-Atlantic and Northeast midweek, with D.C. on rain-snow dividing line," 13 Dec. 2020 In this scenario, the rain-snow line could even approach the I-81 corridor, but this area and those farther west would still get hammered by heavy snow. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Heavy snow expected in D.C. region’s far western areas Wednesday, a messy mix elsewhere," 14 Dec. 2020 As the storm is still four days away, storm timing, precipitation amounts, and the position of the rain-snow line are all likely to evolve. Washington Post, "Messy winter storm likely for Mid-Atlantic Wednesday with heavy snow in western areas," 12 Dec. 2020 The forecast was this storm was very challenging as the rain-snow line was a moving target. Washington Post, "Here’s how much snow and ice fell in D.C. region from Wednesday’s winter storm," 17 Dec. 2020 Such a track allows the easterly and southerly flow to push the rain-snow line well west of the city. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Heavy snow expected in D.C. region’s far western areas Wednesday, a messy mix elsewhere," 14 Dec. 2020 During the afternoon, the rain-snow line is likely to push northwest. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Major winter storm to slam Mid-Atlantic and Northeast midweek, with D.C. on rain-snow dividing line," 13 Dec. 2020 Snow has already been accumulating at higher elevations in the Chugach front range, with the snow line steadily creeping down the mountains as Anchorage marches toward winter. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage could see its first snow of the season in town on Saturday night," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of snow line

circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Snow line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snow%20line. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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snow line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snow line

: an imaginary line on a mountain that marks the height above which snow does not completely melt

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