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1. The runoff from melting snow.
2. A period or season when such runoff occurs: streams that flood during snowmelt.


(Physical Geography) water produced by the melting of snow



1. water from melting snow.
2. the amount of such water.
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Yet they won admiration from maturer judges than his school-fellows, and were indeed, remarkably clever, though destitute of the native warmth that might have made the snow melt beneath his hand.
The morning of our departure for Thark dawned clear and hot, as do all Martian mornings except for the six weeks when the snow melts at the poles.
There seem to be endless streams running down the mountains into this river, but as none of them are very large, at present, at all events, though they are doubtless terrible in winter and when the snow melts, the horsemen may not have met much obstruction.
December), when the snow melts on the Cordillera, is over- flowed by the river.
The two rivers originate in the Central Asian high mountains where glacier and snow melt contribute substantially to runoff generation.
It's not so much because of the cold - in the Italian and Greek hills the temperature can get much colder than here - but the rain water and snow melt that can affect them.
Events like these -- especially as mounds of winter snow melt in the spring -- can cause flooding on below-ground levels of homes.
With lying snow and partial snow melt during the daytimes, icy conditions are likely during the nights.
On Sunday, heavy rain combined with snow melt could lead to localised surface water and flooding.
The glaciers and snow melt feed the streams and lakes, a lifeline for fish and the other animals, such as big horn sheep that call the area home.
Given the a high amount of water in the current snowpack and the saturated or frozen ground conditions, the potential for a major flood is higher than normal if a significant rain event occurs along with a rapid spring snow melt," said Stephanie Shifflett, a GRCA water resources engineer, in a recent press release.
The big flood in Morpeth in 1963 followed a snow melt, so it has been a hot topic.