drifting snow

drifting snow

[′drif·tiŋ ′snō]
(meteorology)
Wind-driven snow raised from the surface of the earth to a height of less than 6 feet (1.8 meters).

Drifting Snow

 

(in Russian, pozemok), wind-driven movement of snow immediately above the surface of a snow cover when no snow is falling. Drifting snow usually occurs in freezing weather, when dry snow crystals slide easily over the surface of frozen soil or a snow cover; wind velocities are usually more than 5 m/sec.

drifting snow

An ensemble of snow particles raised by the wind to a low height—normally less than approximately 7 ft above ground. The visibility is not diminished at eye level.
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Mum of two and resident Serian Walker said the village became snowed in as the access lane is much lower than the adjoining fields, meaning drifting snow filled the road.
Most of the lying snow has now gone but we still have some drifting snow at the 62 obstacles around the courses, which is being taken away manually to avoid precipitation.
Lots of people braved the elements to get that perfect shot of drifting snow in Scapegoat Hill, Outlane, Golcar, Emley Moor, Meltham, Netherthong, Pole Moor, Slaithwaite, Stainland, Holme and many other villages.
I reckon there is about two feet of snow " The heavy, drifting snow made several roads impassable on Saturday across the Llyn Peninsula, with Llithfaen and Llanaelhaearn badly hit.
Strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow in some parts of the country, spelling travel problems for the fourth day in a row.
As winds picked up drifting snow caused problems as temperatures plunged to a widespread minus 6C.
Blizzard conditions made travel road difficult in many parts of region and in some places The east of the region was particularly hard hit on Wednesday and there were further problems yesterday caused by drifting snow.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Roads across Renfrewshire are severely affected by hazardous weather conditions, fresh and drifting snow are making many roads impassable particularly in rural areas and on side roads.
This declaration is in response to extreme cold and blizzard conditions with drifting snow that have created extraordinary conditions impacting most of Northwestern and Southeastern Montana.
It details the research and philosophy underlying the provisions and their application through examples, outlining key concepts for applying the provisions to the design of new and existing structures that could collect falling or drifting snow.
Limiting drivers' visibility on roads and creating dangerous conditions for travel around the holidays, blowing and drifting snow was a major issue Tuesday morning in the Great Plains, according to national and local reports.