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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And Kansas City had just seen the biggest snowfall of the season. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "He found a baby 36 years ago on a cold, snowy KC porch. Now he wants to find her again | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 The 24-hour total of 16 inches tied the fourth largest snowfall of all time. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's worst snowstorms of the 21st century," 15 Apr. 2018 Baseball was not meant to be played from the last snowfall of the spring to the first snowfall of the fall. Randy Blaser,, "Column: Snow on opening day? It's time to make a change," 11 Apr. 2018 The season’s total snowfall of 7.8 inches was just half of the recent 30-year average of 15.4 inches. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Welcome, spring! We, finally, declare winter dead in Washington.," 10 Apr. 2018 In an average March, the region gets about 3 inches of snow, and in April, there is a normal snowfall of half an inch for the month, according to the National Weather Service. Sarah Brookbank,, "How often does Cincinnati get snow in spring? When is it going to end?," 9 Apr. 2018 The heaviest snowfalls were north and west of the city, which saw only a mix of snow and rain. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "It's April 2 and yes that was snow in the Philly area," 2 Apr. 2018 The first snowfall of the season occurred back on Dec. 10, 2017, when up to 7.25 inches fell across the state. Gary Lessor,, "Snowfall Season Continues To March On," 2 Apr. 2018 On Long Island, where the snow topped 20.1 inches in Patchogue, the heaviest snowfall came overnight. Winnie Hu And Nate Schweber, New York Times, "Digging Out From a Snowy Spring Day," 22 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 \

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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