snow·​pack | \ ˈsnō-ˌpak \

Definition of snowpack

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

Examples of snowpack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

If the global community takes measures to curb climate change in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement the loss in average springtime snowpack volume would be 30 percent. Lauren Tierney, Washington Post, "Precipitation whiplash and climate change threaten California’s freshwater," 9 May 2018 Climate change has already made winters warmer and shorter, while a March study by researchers at Oregon State University found North America’s snowpack has declined up to 30 percent in the past century. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Ski Resorts Fight Climate Change With Snow Blowers and Buses," 26 Mar. 2018 In the Sierra Nevada on Monday, Department of Water Resources higher-ups urged Californians to conserve in anticipation of future droughts and noted the mountain range's snowpack was only 52 percent of normal. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "'Moisture surge' from atmospheric river to drench Sacramento on Friday and Saturday | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Apr. 2018 In the Sierra, where snowpack is a key portion of the state’s water supply, U.S. Drought Monitor classifications range from abnormally dry to moderate drought. Washington Post, "Powerful storm threatens to swamp hard-hit California towns," 20 Mar. 2018 An initially smooth snowpack sublimates at different rates in different spots, causing small pits to form in some places. Mike Wall,, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 The expert meteorologists at Open Snow crunched the data to see how the previous ten El Niños influenced the snowpack. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 Climate scientists have come up with a range of predictions for just how much hotter the Northwest summers will get and how much the winter snowpack will shrink. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "In a changing climate, will fire make a bigger run in Washington’s west-side forests?," 4 Sep. 2018 Westerling and his colleagues, on the other hand, used the last date of permanent snowpack. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?," 24 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'snowpack.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of snowpack

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about snowpack

Statistics for snowpack

Last Updated

27 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for snowpack

The first known use of snowpack was circa 1946

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on snowpack

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with snowpack Encyclopedia article about snowpack

Comments on snowpack

What made you want to look up snowpack? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by fawning attentiveness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!