settled snow

settled snow

[′sed·əld ′snō]
(hydrology)
An old snow that has been strongly metamorphosed and compacted.
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Now the big freeze SETTLED snow has turned to treacherous ice and caused disruption on roads and railways across the country as forecasters warned of freezing temperatures.
Use a broom to brush settled snow off branches so they don't tear or snap.
In a race where the frontrunning Daddy Long Legs set a searing early pace, Frankie Dettori (right) settled Snow Fairy in fourth off the lead.
There had obviously been neither grit laid nor any attempt to plough up the already thick layer of settled snow.
Anywhere with settled snow, you can expect temperatures struggling to rise above freezing.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should be dry and bright with plenty of settled snow on the ground.
Admittedly walking miles with newly settled snow freezing along my trouser hems didn't help the cosiness factor, neither did taking my gloves off to pick violets from the bottom of an icicle-clad tree trunk for grandaughter's doll.
The Rainbow Expedition set out in chilly mid-March so that they could take advantage of the settled snow which is essential for Pagels' equipment, a sit ski that is rigged with fixed ropes and ascending devices that allow Pagels to literally pull his way to the summit.
But traffic was still very slow in thick and freshly settled snow, and after around three hours driving and still over six miles from Cardiff Airport, I abandoned the journey.