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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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Contract awarded for The concept of rainwater and snowmelt management in the capital city warsaw
Due to snowmelt, there would be major environmental changes that could actually become a turning point in the history of humanity.
Together with the snowmelt that feeds the river, waters are expected to rise up to 11 centimetres above peak levels reached in May 2017.
Since populations worldwide derive large fractions of their water resources from seasonal snowmelt, years of below-average SWE and shifts in its distribution (spatial and temporal) can stress available freshwater resources.
That combined with snowmelt is causing the river level to rise, officials said.
'This little-visited region in the far northeast of the country offers the kind of startlingly striking scenery that compels you to gaze from the window of your 4WD without blinking, for fear of missing a moment of the majesty of the landscapeor one of the astounding suspension bridges that cross the surging rivers filled with snowmelt,' she said.
This could be because flood waters following heavy rain or snowmelt inundated their overwintering site and forced them to escape, or they emerged to capitalize on the radiant heat during a warmer, sunny day.
ISLAMABAD:Dwindling rainfall and snowmelt are taking their toll on the countrys depleting water resources as Tarbela Dam has reached its dead level of 1, 386 for the first time in its history.
The site collects not only snowmelt but also monsoon flows.
This will speed up snowmelt in the Northern Areas and lead to more water flows in the Indus and Jhelum Rivers.
He added the floods were "due to a combination of rainfall and gradual snowmelt", which is set to continue into today.
Snowmelt contributes approximately 50%-80% of the total streamflow and is highly seasonal in nature, that is, the majority of streamflow occurs because of snowmelt during the late spring-summer (April-July) [11].