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cold snap

A short period of cold temperatures. It was finally beginning to get warm outside when we were hit with a cold snap that damaged my newly blossoming tulips.
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cold snap

Also, cold spell. A short period of unusually cold weather, as in The recent cold snap has threatened the crop. The first expression presumably likens snap in the sense of "a sudden bite or cut" to sudden unexpected cold. The variant is more obvious, spell having been used in the sense of "a bout or turn at something" since the early 1700s. [Early 1800s]
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It may clear up a little but we're going to have a series of cold snaps with plenty of snow up until the end of February.
The brewers at Samuel Adams took a different spin and expanded upon this tradition with Cold Snap, incorporating a wide range of ingredients from around the world, places like West Africa (Grains of Paradise), Turkey (anise), Egypt (hibiscus), India (tamarind) and the US (fresh-ground coriander from California).
In the meantime, motorists are encouraged to get hold of all the necessary winter accessories they need to deal with the cold snap.
In a sharp turnaround Wednesday, the cold snap ended in most areas here.
In neighbouring Lithuania, where the mercury has plunged to minus 31 Celsius (minus 24 Fahrenheit), the deaths of six more people over the weekend brought the cold snap s toll to 17.
The deadly cold snap, which claimed at least 60 lives in Eastern Europe, began to move west on Wednesday, causing traffic disruptions in Switzerland and Italy.
BIG FREEZE: The cold snap, left, created more than pounds 1bn in insurance claims this winter
The problems were caused by ice melting following the prolonged cold snap.
THIS picture of a little girl among the snow drops sums up perfectly the belated signs of Spring after the recent cold snap.
Staff at Belsay have also had to give a helping hand to red squirrels, which are still fairly common in the grounds, to ensure they made it through the cold snap.
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This is going to be a sustained cold snap that will bring the UK to a grinding halt.
With the cold snap expected to continue this week, we thought it would be appropriate to dig out this archive photograph.
Ahead of a cold snap on Friday, gales and heavy rain could bring more misery to areas already hit by flooding earlier in the month.
The recent cold snap may have cracked the 2 7/8-inch wastewater pipeline, part of hundreds of miles of pipe that snakes through the forest near the bird sanctuary and the Sespe Wilderness in north Ventura County.