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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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A variety of approaches have been used to define a cold spell (Kysely et al.
POOR SEASON: Don't expect bumper crops this year WINNERS AND LOSERS: Apple crops may suffer this year because there was no cold spell at the end of last year but fig crops are ikely to have benefited
The cold spell is expected to last until Tuesday, which will be the chilliest day.
However, a cold spell in Europe today would probably be less severe because of the buildup in greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere.
witnessing a second cold spell after the first one in mid to late November.
CUTLINE: Cars along Route 31 in Paxton pass Japanese knotweed plants that have stunted growth because of recent cold spells.
Plunging temperatures and heavy snow are set to return to the region over the coming days, with the deadly cold spell expected to last until April.
Smith revealed: "We've not missed a training session since we hit this cold spell.
We are heading back into a cold spell that I would expect to last until New Year at least.
Compared with such a stretch, the current cold spell really doesn't hold a candle.
CATTERICK will be back in action next Tuesday after the end of the cold spell which led to meetings being called off.
WORCESTER, England, December 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The game is almost up for another year, with the likelihood of any snow on Christmas Day almost zero, but there is enough interest to keep the bookies sweating right up to midnight on the big day as colder air arrives from the east, signalling the onset of what may be a significant cold spell from Boxing Day onward.
Yes, there's nothing like a cold spell to make your nuts shrivel.
Said an EBRD note: "The urgency of investments to raise efficiency, replace ageing infrastructure and cut power losses was underscored by the strain under which the power system laboured during the exceptionally cold spell in January and February.
Kerosene prices in Japan rose to new highs for the sixth straight week due to strong demand related to household heating amid a lingering cold spell, an industry body said Wednesday.