37 words for snow. Plus this one: Here

On this ominous occasion when the heavens open up and drop solid precipitation that can be measured in feet rather than inches, I give you this post from 2013. (I shall neglect mentioning I missed experiencing it in person, but the descriptions of loved ones who did made me feel like I was there — and glad I wasn’t).

Minnesota Wonderer

Snow.

New snow. Old snow. Dirty snow. Yellow snow.

Slush. Sleet. Snow pack.

Frost. Freezing rain. Flurries.

Flakes. Falling. Lazy. Sparkling.

Crystals. Needles. Pellets. Powder. Sugar.Whiteout.

Squall. Snowstorm.

Blizzard.

The view out my front door this afternoon displayed Old Man Winter's sudden arrival in all its glory. The view out my front door this afternoon displayed Old Man Winter’s sudden arrival in all its glory.

Anyone who lives in a snowy climate — Eskimo, Inuit, Minnesotan, even Chicagoan, I guess — has ample descriptions for snow. The first snow of the season today gives me the opportunity to exercise my vocabulary.

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3 responses to “37 words for snow. Plus this one: Here

  1. My mother had another: skif. It’s the dry snow that falls in only a light dusting, and drifts like sand across the Interstate. She used to say, “Just a skif of snow.” And we knew: Not enough to cover even 1/10 of the ground, transparent, drifting, dry, like sand, snow.
    I am sure it is Low German. 🙂

  2. Well, I researched further and it might be a Scottish word. Who knows. Ha!

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