snow·​pack ˈsnō-ˌpak How to pronounce snowpack (audio)
: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

Examples of snowpack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web California’s snowpack is shrinking because of global warming » • How much water does California have? Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 While traditional cold winter storms out of the north Pacific build the Sierra snowpack, atmospheric rivers tend to be warm. John Antczak, Christopher Weber, Julie Watson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Feb. 2024 The snow is much needed because El Niño winters have caused a 40% decline in Sierra snowpack levels compared to the average at this time of year, according to the California Department of Water Resources, or DWR. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Specifically, onX updates its maps with medium-resolution images every two weeks so hunters can monitor freeze lines, snowpack, wildfires, or any other landscape alteration. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2024 The storms were also expected to add to the snowpack in the greater Tahoe area. Will McCarthy, The Mercury News, 21 Jan. 2024 Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab hope the latest snow in the region can make a dent in the snowpack, according to CBS Sacramento. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 10 Jan. 2024 The snowpack had recorded 29 inches of snow as of Jan. 30 during a snow survey by the state water agency. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The season can be anywhere from April to mid-June, depending on snowpack in the 10,500-foot Jarbidge Mountains on the Idaho-Nevada border, which feeds the river. Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowpack was circa 1946

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“Snowpack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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