snowpack

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

Definition of snowpack

: a seasonal accumulation of slow-melting packed snow

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But at higher elevations, where once there would have been snow falling on a snowpack, rising temperatures will now cause rain to fall on that snow. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A warmer world means a greater risk rain lands on snow, triggering floods," 12 Aug. 2018 People in the region have attributed the thick sheath of ice to lots of periods of freezing-and-thawing, allowing a snowpack and ice to build up on the tower, Handyside said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Severely iced-over cellular tower causing service disruptions in Western Alaska," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite encouraging signs, including a Sierra snowpack that has risen to respectability from record-breakingly meager depths this month, meteorologists say California will almost certainly emerge from the winter drier than normal. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yep, it’s nice rain — but it’s no ‘Miracle March,’ experts say," 21 Mar. 2018 Normally, the reservation gets its water from winter snowpack and the melting of a nearby glacier. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Wyoming Reservation Shows the New Face of Drought," 6 June 2018 Gehrke, however, said the warm spell won’t immediately melt the snowpack. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Sierra Nevada snow picture brightens, but is still just a fraction of normal," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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