snow·​melt ˈsnō-ˌmelt How to pronounce snowmelt (audio)
: runoff produced by melting snow

Examples of snowmelt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lake last filled up in June 2019, but snowmelt should be sufficient to fill it this spring, according to a United States Department of Agriculture report released this month. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2024 As temperatures rise this week, keep in mind that the area rivers and streams will continue to run COLD as a product of mountain snowmelt. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 8 May 2024 The next focus is to capture as much snowmelt runoff as possible, state water officials say. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 10 Apr. 2024 Advertisement The state’s major reservoirs overall are at 116% of average levels, and are set to rise further as snowmelt streams in. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Last year, floodwaters filled the Tulare Basin because reservoirs could not handle intense snowmelt runoff from the Sierra Nevada after a series of storms. Evan Bush, NBC News, 2 Feb. 2024 In California and many other parts of the world, traditional water sources — including underground aquifers and fresh water from rivers, streams and snowmelt — are becoming less reliable. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Chances of rain on Tuesday will continue the widespread snowmelt into the rest of the week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Taylor Patterson. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Intermittent and ephemeral streams funnel snowmelt and rain to large streams and eventually to the rivers that serve Colorado’s 5.8 million residents, as well as the agriculture and recreation industries. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 28 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowmelt was circa 1927

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“Snowmelt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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