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[snoh-stawrm] /ˈsnoʊˌstɔrm/
a storm accompanied by a heavy fall of snow.
Origin of snowstorm
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75; snow + storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nevertheless, the children rejoiced greatly in the snowstorm.

    The Paradise of Children Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The snowstorm subsided, the sky became clear, and we set off.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • And even in the yard it was evident that the snowstorm had become more violent.

    Master and Man Leo Tolstoy
  • Just blow that—that snowstorm of yours the other way for a spell, won't you?

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He'd had a penguin in a snowstorm and he'd been happy with it.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
  • Immense number of black insects in a snowstorm, in 1827, at Pakroff, Russia.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The sky was again a level grey; it was evident that a snowstorm was brewing.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for snowstorm


a storm with heavy snow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snowstorm

1771, from snow (n.) + storm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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