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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By mid-June 2018, virtually all of Colorado’s winter snowfall had already melted off. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado snowpack is at 751 percent. But the images truly tell the story.," 15 June 2019 Historic records of snowfall were experienced this past ski season, which means optimal whitewater rafting and stand up-paddle boarding this summer. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Ski resorts are expanding summer activities; here are 7 that are year-round destinations," 5 June 2019 Thanks to a rich mix of terrain ranging from beginner to expert, all within minutes of town, as well as a staggering average of 34 feet of snowfall each year, this is winter sports heaven. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, B.C. Is Skiing’s Hottest Destination Right Now," 22 Feb. 2019 Alexander Radlherr of Austria’s official meteorological service said the intensity of snowfall is measured by totalling the amount that falls in a 24-hour period over several consecutive days. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Snowbound Europe Struggles to Dig Out After Deadly Storms," 11 Jan. 2019 Before us, the expansive vista of Colorado's San Juans’ spiny ridges and sharp peaks were blanketed in 19 inches of fresh snowfall. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 Folks headed up north for the weekend should be wary of a winter storm that could bring several inches of snowfall. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "A white Easter? U.P. could see 6-9 inches over weekend," 30 Mar. 2018 The start of the meeting was disrupted by the heaviest snowfall in almost half a century., "Trump Set to Attend Reception With Executives: Davos Update," 23 Jan. 2018 Stockings can start in March, but usually stretch from April to September; not exactly ripe conditions for snowfall. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "After disease outbreak, Apache trout are returning to waterways in the White Mountains," 9 May 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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