snow·​storm | \ ˈsnō-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce snowstorm (audio) \

Definition of snowstorm

: a storm of or with snow

Examples of snowstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During its first snowstorm of the season, New York City saw more snowfall in one day than during all of last winter. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "New York man trapped in car for 10 hours after snowplow leaves him buried," 18 Dec. 2020 Binghamton, New York, ended with a remarkable 40 inches of snow placing the Dec. 16-17 nor'easter in the top spot for its biggest snowstorm on record. NBC News, "Northeast just got hit by a historic snowstorm. Could a white Christmas be next?," 18 Dec. 2020 And an early heads up that the Northeast could see its first major snowstorm of the season on Wednesday and Thursday. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Winter system impacts the Midwest, as Northeast could see its first snowstorm next week," 12 Dec. 2020 That’s a rapid turnaround for a guy who just encountered his first snowstorm and needed to run to the store for an emergency winter coat. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ battle for starting small forward spot underway: ‘It’s only going to make us better’," 5 Dec. 2020 In Massachusetts, schools have the option this year of doing remote learning instead of a day off during a snowstorm because of the pandemic. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Campbell's Soup has a new 'Snowbuddy' commercial and a crusade to 'Save the Snow Day' amid coronavirus," 3 Dec. 2020 Three teams of nurses, who had vaccinated each other on Dec. 23, when the doses arrived at the health department (also in the midst of a snowstorm), rolled vaccination carts from car to car administering the shots. Alice Park, Time, "How Drive-Through COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Could Help Inoculate the U.S.," 30 Dec. 2020 By the time of that snowstorm, many if not most bluebirds had left the state for winter homes south of here. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Robins still compete, even after nesting season," 29 Dec. 2020 The middle of a snowstorm is not the time to hunt solo. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ducks in a Winter Storm and Live to Tell About It," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of snowstorm

1755, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2021

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“Snowstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowstorm

: a storm with a large amount of falling snow


snow·​storm | \ ˈsnō-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce snowstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowstorm

: a storm of falling snow

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