Definition of snowstorm in US English:



  • 1A heavy fall of snow, especially with a high wind.

    • ‘Winchester firefighters were also caught up in the bad weather when they had to walk part of the way to a house in the city struck by lightning during the snowstorm after their fire engine got stuck in heavy traffic.’
    • ‘And it was, I think, fate, because there was a horrible snowstorm and Gary got snowed in for three days.’
    • ‘If the temperature rises during or after a snowstorm, it means heavier, wetter snow will be deposited on a less-stable powder base, increasing the risk of a slide.’
    • ‘The previous weekend there had been snowstorms; snow still lay on the ground around the house.’
    • ‘When you have to drive your car through a heavy snowstorm, you can't help but pay attention to every bump and slide.’
    • ‘It claims more victims each year than do snowstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.’
    • ‘In early May an unusually heavy snowstorm deposited record snowfall.’
    • ‘Patrick had told her it was strong enough to withstand many weather conditions, including hurricanes and snowstorms.’
    • ‘The plumbing froze in the heaviest snowstorm of the year.’
    • ‘Instead of cold dry snowstorms, wet snow and warmer than normal temperatures should occur as storm systems traverse the southern third of the United States in late winter.’
    • ‘Furious winds and snowstorms halted the salvage operation on Friday, but gave way to clearing skies yesterday morning.’
    • ‘Will local meteorologists apply their teaching skills to this story as effectively as they explain hurricanes and snowstorms?’
    • ‘A heavy snowstorm came upon them and he contracted a cold from which he never recovered.’
    • ‘Heavy rain, snowstorms and tornadoes make holiday travel extremely difficult for some travelers tonight.’
    • ‘Among the many things that drivers would hate about the winter are snowfalls and snowstorms.’
    • ‘The first day of classes was delayed by a heavy snowstorm; it was such as only occurs once every ten years, and people were in mixed moods when they finally came inside a warm classroom.’
    • ‘It's the end of the working day, but a heavy snowstorm has brought chaos to public transport and gridlock to the roads, thus trapping everyone in the smoking room after hours.’
    • ‘One morning, because of a heavy snowstorm, the messenger took the bus instead of driving.’
    • ‘We are hoping that this will be a very busy year and the talk of tornados and snowstorms won't put people off.’
    • ‘The seasonal weather continues through the month with gusts of up to seventy and eighty miles an hour and the occasional snowstorm, cloudburst and a touch of frost thrown in.’
    1. 1.1 A shower or large quantity of something.
      ‘it swam away in a flurry of wings and flippers, raising a snowstorm of foam’
      • ‘It is every air traffic controller's nightmare when a snowstorm of blips shows up on the radar screen.’
      • ‘When the wind kicks up, I feel as if I'm standing in a snowstorm of pods and pollen.’
      • ‘It has denied that it's fiddling prices on its online promotion, in response to a snowstorm of customer complaints.’
      • ‘But the two fires converged and saturated the compound in what one resident described as ‘a snowstorm of smoke.’’
      • ‘Joey was leaning against the wall, his short, black hair more conspicuous than ever, and he had it covered with his hands, as if there was a snowstorm of dandruff on it.’
      • ‘The desktop Trash Can, window buttons, dialog boxes and a task scheduler have all been claimed as intellectual property in a snowstorm of greedy patent filings.’
      • ‘She discharged a shot into the ceiling, bringing a snowstorm of alien plaster falling on their heads.’
      • ‘Automatic weapon fire dissolved the first car in a snowstorm of broken glass.’
      • ‘Cameron turned left, her head swirling with a snowstorm of thoughts.’
    2. 1.2 A toy or ornament consisting of a model of a scene in a liquid containing white particles which, when shaken, mimic a snowstorm.