Definition of cold snap in US English:

cold snap


  • A sudden, brief spell of cold weather.

    • ‘The sudden cold snap following recent torrential rain turned a section of the Horton to Pewsey road at Allington, near Devizes, into a magical ice grotto last week.’
    • ‘Spring has arrived in Texas and although we'll probably have the traditional Easter cold snap, we're done with winter.’
    • ‘The summers are long and hot, while winters are short and cool with only brief cold snaps lasting one to two days at a time.’
    • ‘At least six people have died in the latest cold snap, including a hiker found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.’
    • ‘I'm going to take a break from politics for a moment to complain about the weather here in Minnesota, where we're having a cold snap.’
    • ‘Dreaming of a white Christmas has become a national obsession and weather experts are predicting a cold snap that could see the Lake District swathed in snow over the festive period.’
    • ‘Arctic temperatures saw the big chill remain in York and North Yorkshire again today - but forecasters have said a brief let-up to the cold snap is in sight.’
    • ‘From there they can be planted out into the garden, though I usually check the weather forecast for imminent cold snaps before I risk my plants to the outside world.’
    • ‘Mills said he suspected the snakes, which are usually inactive during winter, were more lively due to the warmer weather in between cold snaps and the disturbances caused by the large number of visitors to the festival.’
    • ‘Repot spring-purchased bulbs into your own containers, choosing containers large enough to withstand the exposure of sudden cold snaps.’
    • ‘The latest weather forecast shows the cold snap from America will start on Monday night and continue through to Thursday.’
    • ‘The turnout came in the face of a ferocious mid-winter cold snap.’
    • ‘First, warm weather in the US, or the absence of a cold snap, disappointed those betting on a surge of heating oil demand.’
    • ‘One of the most important decisions of my life came in December, at the height of a bone-chilling Alberta cold snap.’
    • ‘This year's crisis has peaked later than usual due to the New Year cold snap.’
    • ‘Granted, over the last couple of years there have been sudden cold snaps and heavy snowfalls that have caused our roads and rail systems to grind to a halt but they were short-lived.’
    • ‘I'm in a fine mood, enjoying our first really good cold snap of the season.’
    • ‘Melbourne is well known for its unpredictable weather but today's cold snap was one for the history books.’
    • ‘Our climate, with its extremes of summer heat and drought, early freezes in the fall and late cold snaps in the spring, combined with severe weather, all conspire to damage and stress trees.’
    • ‘Motorists have laid into the authority after sudden cold snaps led to icy chaos on York roads.’


cold snap

/ˈkōld ˌsnap//ˈkoʊld ˌsnæp/