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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He was helped to get his car from the drifting snow and on his way again.
The Met Office warned of heavy, drifting snow and widespread icy roads across most of the North in the next few days.
Winds could cause more problems on the high grounds with drifting snow.
Drifting snow on parts of the Friars Haugh course at Kelso has resulted in the postponement of tomorrow's Jedforest fixture.
In the north of Scotland, there should be some respite from the worst of the gales, but not from the drifting snow.
The engineers are facing difficulties, including drifting snow in their attempts to find and repair the damage.
A Grampian Police spokesman said drifting snow had left vehicles unable to move from midnight on Wednesday.
Scores of roads were also blocked by drifting snow.
Blizzards, drifting snow, gales, black ice, and months of below minus temperatures are all to be expected.
Drifting snow closed the A941 Dufftown to Rhynie route while the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road was blocked by heavy snow.
The runway looked fine but, on landing, the pilots realised all the huge holes had been filled in by drifting snow, so after a leapfrogging landing and quick drop off, we hastily took off again.
Northern areas were worst affected with many roads blocked by drifting snow and high winds.