snow squall

variants: or less commonly snowsquall \ ˈsnō-​ˌskwȯl How to pronounce snow squall (audio) \
plural snow squalls also snowsqualls

Definition of snow squall

: a sudden, brief, and intense storm of wind and snow : a squall accompanied by snow While major snowstorms are predicted ahead of time, snow squalls can begin suddenly and typically last less than an hour.— Aleanna Siacon

First Known Use of snow squall

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Snow squall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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