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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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If the late fall or early winter has been seasonal for a period, a cold snap of even 15 degrees will get them out of their beds and into the food earlier in the evening.
The best hunting I have ever seen on our farm was not a rut hunt, and it wasn't a cold snap. It started late December 2008, right after Christmas, with a warm front that unlocked a half-inch of ice that had blanketed the area for weeks.
New research has revealed that more than half of North East residents are pinning their hopes on a white Christmas this year, but many are not really prepared for a cold snap.
Despite the mild reading of the thermometer, it can be difficult to feel warm in a cold snap in Doha.
After one of the mildest Christmas periods in years, the country is bracing itself for a cold snap which will see temperatures plummet.
Summary: Weather forecasters say Britain is not set for a seven-day cold snap from the weekend with snow despite reports of a cold snap.
A cold snap in that year saw the creation of a still-life waterfall as icicles of up to 10ft gradually inched their way across to silence the falls.
Matt Dobson, a forecaster with Meteogroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There will be a cold snap, but it will be over by Wednesday, when it will become milder and wetter."
This event triggered a cold snap known as the Little Ice Age.
It is believed that often fatal illnesses develop two or three days after a cold snap has finished.''
It means a cold snap. Right now, it isn't really clear that we are having cold winter.
Many a fruit grower will despair when a cold snap brings a late spring frost.
PARTS of the UK woke up to thick snow and ice yesterday, as the unseasonably mild weather gave way to a cold snap.
Ahead of a cold snap on Friday, gales and heavy rain could bring more misery to areas already hit by flooding.
Their demand came after a report revealed that more people die after a cold snap in Britain than in Finland or Russia.