snow·​fall | \ ˈsnō-ˌfȯl \

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

The tool looks ideal for skimming off thin snowfalls, especially of dry snow. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shovel Snow and Which Shovel to Use," 28 Nov. 2018 California’s snowfall measured only 58% of the annual average as of April 1, the most recent measurement by the state’s Department of Water Resources. Hugo Martin,, "Another weak snow season brings zip lines, yoga, cycling to California resorts this summer," 29 June 2018 However, growth of East Antarctica, which usually gains mass due to snowfall, was not enough to offset losses from West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, according to the Times. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Antarctica's Rate of Melting Ice Has Tripled in the Last Decade, Study Says," 13 June 2018 Thanks to abysmal snowfall, nearly two-thirds of New Mexico is experiencing extreme drought. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "It's So Dry, Forests Across the Southwest Are Closing," 6 June 2018 Goldman Sachs said unusually high snowfall last month likely shaved payroll additions by 30,000 to 60,000. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economy added 103,000 jobs in March," 6 Apr. 2018 The latter may get its biggest snowfall after the first day of spring in more than 100 years. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "More than 70 million people brace for nor'easter," 21 Mar. 2018 When all is said and done, the foothill regions would get their biggest snowfall since 2011. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Biggest storm of the season set to slam Northern California | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 2018 Rome experienced its heaviest snowfall in six years Monday — the white stuff is a rare event in the Italian capital. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "'Beast from the East' causes death, disruption in Europe," 27 Feb. 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 \

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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