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 One change in the forecast from Thursday is that snowfall amounts have trended upward slightly for north Alabama, according to the weather service in Huntsville. Leigh Morgan, al, 14 Jan. 2022 Despite all of the ice and snow, not to mention the record-breaking 17-foot snowfall that hit the Sierra Nevada region last month, the US has tied an alarming drought record. Aj Willingham, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Depending on the exact tract of the system, parts of Northeast Ohio could see some heavier snowfall Sunday evening into Monday while other areas might see little-to-light snow. Mike Rose, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2022 Locally, snowfall could most likely begin later Saturday and continue into Sunday, according to meteorologist Brian Schoettmer with the National Weather Service's Louisville office. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 13 Jan. 2022 By Monday morning, the snow had broke decades-old snowfall records, snarled traffic and closed businesses and schools. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Jan. 2022 National snowfall analysis shows that the Greater Cincinnati area has so far seen between 2-6 inches of snow this season, which began Sept. 30, 2021. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 11 Jan. 2022 Another study by Climate Central showed that of 107 US weather stations most saw at least a one inch decline in snowfall from 1970 to 2018. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 10 Jan. 2022 Yearly snowfall has increased by as much as twenty centimetres since the early eighties, adding two more degrees of warming effect. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of snowfall

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snowfall was in 1821

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16 Jan 2022

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“Snowfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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