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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Recent Examples on the Web Hospital administrators are already planning for the winter, when heavy snowfall closes roads and prevents air travel. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'Our neighbors, our family members': Small-town hospitals overwhelmed by COVID deaths," 15 Nov. 2020 The Cascades will likely have new snowfall each day through Friday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Early freezing fog, then mostly cloudy; chilly high of 43," 9 Nov. 2020 Rain and snow may fall in the valleys (with some accumulation possible) with moderate to heavy snowfall in the mountains in northern Utah. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s weather will be gorgeous — until this weekend," 3 Nov. 2020 As Bueso went at it with a pair of clippers, a pastel snowfall spread across his shoulders. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "When the Virus Came for the American Dream," 2 Nov. 2020 Heavy snowfall creates a snow globe as the pair climb into Hastings’ SUV for a nine-minute drive to a Mayo Clinic Health System facility located in a commercial complex that also houses a post office and brew pub. Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, "NCAA decision on testing rules could impact whether schools restart sports," 27 Oct. 2020 Northern cities like Boston and Minneapolis have heavy snowfall. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo finally launches an actual public, driverless taxi service," 8 Oct. 2020 Higher elevations in parts of Wyoming and Montana saw some snowfall on Monday as a cold front brought in weather more appropriate for winter than late August. Fox News, "Summer snow in parts of Wyoming, Montana amid 'freezing' temperatures in region," 1 Sep. 2020 During the afternoon, temperatures hovered around freezing, which caused a continuous switch between rain and snowfall, meteorologist Kaitlyn O’Brien said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Snow mixes with rain Sunday in the Anchorage Bowl, although meteorologists expect more snow overnight," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of snowfall

1821, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2020

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“Snowfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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