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[snoh-pak] /ˈsnoʊˌpæk/
the accumulation of winter snowfall, especially in mountain or upland regions.
Origin of snowpack
1945-50; snow + pack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for snowpack
  • Because of the ridiculous amount of waterproofing that has gone into this glove, and our typically damp snowpack.
  • In touring mode your soul will find bliss as you effortlessly glide skyward atop the snowpack.
  • In the spring, wolverines build dens in the lingering snowpack to shelter newborns.
  • Hydrologists work with meteorologists to evaluate snowfall and snowpack.
  • The snowpack-already diminished by drought-melts earlier in the year, drying the land and giving the wildfire season a jump start.
  • Miller thinks a better approach is to use shock waves to compress the entire snowpack.
  • Boulder depends on runoff from mountain snow, but the snowpack at lower elevations has evaporated.
  • Usually, that open tube is carved into a deep snowpack.
  • Even without glaciers, the snowpack will provide much the same summer flow.
  • And the snowpack is our reserve of water that fills the reservoirs in late spring.
British Dictionary definitions for snowpack


a quantity of fallen snow that has become massed together
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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snowpack in Science
  1. An area of naturally formed, packed snow that usually melts during the warmer months.

  2. The amount of snow that accumulates annually in a mountainous area.

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