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[snoh-fawl] /ˈsnoʊˌfɔl/
a fall of snow.
the amount of snow at a particular place or in a given time.
Origin of snowfall
First recorded in 1815-25; snow + fall Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here and there acres of white blossom, looking like a snowfall.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • snowfall is very rare as far south as the City of Mexico, but is not unknown.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The snowfall was lighter now; he could find his way more easily.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • The First snowfall is one of the most perfect poems in our language.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • The next morning was cold, but the snowfall had ceased for a spell.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
British Dictionary definitions for snowfall


a fall of snow
(meteorol) the amount of snow received in a specified place and time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowfall

1821, "fall of snow," especially a quiet one (as distinguished from a snowstorm), from snow (n.) + storm (n.). From 1875 as "amount that falls at a place in a given time."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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