snow·​fall | \ ˈsnō-ˌfȯl How to pronounce snowfall (audio) \

Definition of snowfall

: a fall of snow specifically : the amount of snow that falls in a single storm or in a given period

Examples of snowfall in a Sentence

The yearly snowfall here is over 30 feet! 30 feet of annual snowfall The area is expecting heavy snowfall this weekend.
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The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has released a sketch of a woman who was found dead outdoors in Kirkland during last week’s heavy snowfall. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Do you know who she is? Sketch released of woman who died in Kirkland.," 20 Feb. 2019 As much as six inches was expected, with the highest snowfall likely in the northern and western suburbs of Washington, according to the National Weather Service. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Winter Storm Disrupts Travel and Work in Washington, D.C.," 20 Feb. 2019 The Fire Weather threats shift into the central Plains, while the first fall snowfall for the Northern Rockies higher elevations is in the forecast today and tonight! Janice Dean, Fox News, "Historic rainfall in Hawaii from Lane, severe storms across the Midwest and the heat returns across the East," 27 Aug. 2018 The light snowfall swirling around metro Detroit on Monday should continue through Monday evening, said weather service meteorologist Jordan Dale. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "60-degree weather this week in Detroit, then spring disappears again," 9 Apr. 2018 For some resorts, the snowfall will mean a hefty spring break before transitioning into spring and summer operations. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Can late snow save the ski season? Tahoe resorts rejoice after week of storms | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Mar. 2018 Adding to its appeal is the Mount Baker Ski Area, 55 miles east, which holds world bragging rights for the deepest snowfall ever recorded in a ski season—1,140 inches in the winter of 1998–99. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The Boy Who Lived on Edges," 22 Mar. 2018 The latest snowfall total forecast map issued by the weather service late Wednesday morning showed only about 4 to 6 inches falling in Boston. Martin Finucane,, "This storm is proving ‘very challenging’ to predict — even hours before it hits," 21 Mar. 2018 Janice triggers her windshield wipers, cutting obese arches against the snowfall. Miles Marshall Lewis, The Root, "(What Did I Do to Get So) Black and Blue," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snowfall

1821, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snowfall

: an amount of snow that falls in a single storm or in a particular period of time


snow·​fall | \ ˈsnō-ˌfȯl How to pronounce snowfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowfall

1 : a fall of snow
2 : the amount of snow that falls in a single storm or in a certain period

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