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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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  • The snowstorm proved such a heavy one that for three days the party at Professor Jeffers cabin were completely stormbound.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
  • After passing Devil's Gate, they encountered a snowstorm on November 5.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Now for a snowstorm and then it will begin to seem like home.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • Remember the girl we found over here that night in the snowstorm?

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • So violets can blossom in your State in the midst of a snowstorm!

  • There's no reason, to my mind, why parents should be the sufferers by every snowstorm.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • A heavy gale of wind and a snowstorm oblige me to write suddenly for the Cunard steamer a day earlier than usual.

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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