Definition of snowfall in English:



  • 1A fall of snow.

    ‘heavy snowfalls made travel absolutely impossible’
    • ‘I moved here in March of 2001 and just missed the most significant snowfall for years by six weeks.’
    • ‘Storm warnings were posted from Wisconsin to New England, as heavy snowfalls were reported in many areas.’
    • ‘It happened last Sunday, during New York's one and only snowfall this winter.’
    • ‘However, this negative correlation may be due to an association between precipitation and damaging snowfalls or ice storms.’
    • ‘After a winter of meager snowfalls, another drought is likely.’
    • ‘The West Yellowstone Fall Camp begins with the first snowfalls of November and runs until the first of December.’
    • ‘Temperatures plummeted in the Eastern Cape over the weekend as a heatwave gave way to rain and snowfalls in some areas in just 24 hours.’
    • ‘The South African Weather Service warned yesterday that most parts of South Africa would experience cold and rainy weather with the possibility of snowfalls over the next few days.’
    • ‘Only a thin metal wall protected her from the winter's third snowfall.’
    • ‘Then further snowfalls are expected which will add to the snow already at the skiing areas.’
    • ‘Freezing temperatures and snowfalls return by the end of August.’
    • ‘On the Western Slopes the rainfall gradually decreases, together with the frequency of winter snowfalls.’
    • ‘But the paltry amount of snow here is a relief compared to the four-foot snowfalls we'd receive at least five times a year in Montreal.’
    • ‘I look over to where the snow bank remained last week, the last vestiges of a record five-foot February snowfall.’
    • ‘Like rain storms and snowfalls, we have no control over anything that nature has given to us.’
    • ‘In Bolton there was a four inch snowfall over night.’
    • ‘The last two days have bought with them my wished for snowfall.’
    • ‘Meanwhile emergency services were bracing themselves for more heavy snowfalls.’
    • ‘As they brace themselves for the big thaw following this week's snowfall, the people of York might not have needed a reminder of flooding.’
    • ‘The sliding door to the back was sparkling clean and the footprints in the back yard had been covered with last night's snowfall.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The quantity of snow falling within a given area in a given time.
      ‘the average snowfall is 7.5 m a year’
      • ‘This was quite odd this time of year, considering the high average snowfall amount Vermont was famous for.’
      • ‘Panorama averages 475 centimetres of snowfall annually, one of the lowest totals in the East Kootenay.’
      • ‘In this climate, when you measure snowfall in tons, you have to.’
      • ‘In spring, if there has been a good winter snowfall, the volume of water going over the waterfalls is unparalleled.’
      • ‘The average winter temperature is minus 7 degrees with an average annual snowfall of 74 inches.’
      • ‘The area's average annual snowfall of almost 500 inches promises soft landings, too.’
      • ‘Van is currently getting dumped with its annual 6 inch snowfall.’
      • ‘This past winter, a Colorado outfit was paid $650,000 to boost snowfall around the Denver area.’
      • ‘It is still below freezing in the mountains despite the higher temperatures, hence more snowfall and bigger glaciers.’
      • ‘But a series of warm winters have reduced snowfall in many parts of Scotland, leaving many distilleries short of melt-water.’
      • ‘Normal to above normal snowfall this winter will be needed to bring these systems back to normal.’
      • ‘Standing residue in the field helps capture valuable moisture from this year's above average snowfall.’
      • ‘On average, we've seen anywhere between three and eight inches of snowfall.’
      • ‘In fact, there's a 100 times as much snowfall and precipitation in south Greenland as there is in the north.’
      • ‘It is bursting back to life earlier too now, due to an ongoing drought that has reduced snowfall in the area.’
      • ‘The avid skier may be interested in comparing the average snowfall at Soldier Mountain, ID.’
      • ‘The rate of snowfall needed to sustain a glacier depends on the rate of removal of glacier ice, called the ablation rate.’
      • ‘If snowfall within the basin continues to remain below normal, these estimates will be lowered.’
      • ‘Ross correctly points out that the southeast corner of the Greenland Ice Sheet is a relatively warm area with very high snowfall.’
      • ‘Last winter, abundant snowfall promised the best skiing in years, but it also created a death trap.’