snowpack

noun
snow·​pack | \ ˈsnō-ˌpak How to pronounce snowpack (audio) \

Definition of snowpack

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

Examples of snowpack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the fact that melting is happening at such high elevations, where snowpack tends to be stronger, may be cause for some concern. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "High Temperatures Set Off Major Greenland Ice Melt—Again," 3 June 2020 The resort, which tops out at 13,050 feet above sea level, usually stays open until early June and sometimes into early July, depending on the snowpack. USA TODAY, "Disney World, SeaWorld, petrified forest, Wisconsin state fair: News from around our 50 states," 29 May 2020 As of Thursday, the statewide snowpack measured 46% of average for the time of year. Los Angeles Times, "Heat wave breaks records at LAX and Long Beach Airport," 27 Feb. 2020 Shrinking mountain snowpack and an overall trend toward aridity is flummoxing farmers and spurring the ski industry to rely more on artificial snow. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado rethinks dam safety as climate change heightens risk for state’s 27 “unsatisfactory” structures," 1 Dec. 2019 Sacramento Bee Despite recent storms, California is entering summer with a below-average snowpack. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Email pleasantries in a pandemic," 1 May 2020 Catastrophic wildfires, decreasing snowpack and dwindling water resources have become a normal part of life for residents in the western U.S. And, as a result of climate change, this may be just the beginning. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Megadrought emerging in western U.S. could be the worst in 1,200 years, study finds," 17 Apr. 2020 The survey found Southwestern Colorado faced drier conditions with snowpack between 86% and 94% of the norm. USA TODAY, "Native Hawaiian princess, beer bandits, flaming hand sanitizer: News from around our 50 states," 11 Mar. 2020 Two years ago, with a very light snowpack, Glacier Point Road opened on April 28 and Tioga Road opened on May 21. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "A dry February in Yosemite leads to closures and openings alike," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of snowpack

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2020

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“Snowpack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowpack. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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