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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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PEAK COULD SEE FIRST SNOW OF AUTUMN AS COLD SNAP BITES By KELLY WILLIAMS Daily Post Chief Reporter kelly.williams@trinitymirror.com SNOWDON will get a sugaring of snow on Friday as the cold snap heads in.
During my last call to the council I was told to wait until the next cold snap and then ask again for a bin." In her frustration, she wrote to the Observer for help in securing a grit bin.
William Jarvis is on record as saying Cold Snap has always worked well "but it all depends if his mind stays right if he's a horse with a future".
Matthew Bateman, managing director of Field Operations at British Gas, said: "Our top priority is to help keep our customers' homes and businesses warm, safe and working during the winter months, and as the UK prepares for a cold snap, our engineers are already on standby if anything goes wrong."
Iran is caught by a cold snap in certain regions where temperature has plunged to minus 21 degrees.
Winnipeggers aren't suffering this week's cold snap alone -- 11 travel writers from all over the world are in the city braving bone-chilling temperatures to see what a real winter city has to offer.
THE nation's most famous amateur weatherman yesterday predicted the current cold snap could last until the end of February.
A cold snap in early December had growers--par-ticularly those in Oregon--worried that some of the region's newest vineyards may have suffered significant damage.
She said the cold snap and risk of snow will be caused by cold air coming down from the Arctic, and the areas at risk of snow are Scotland, the east coast of England, west Wales, south west England and Northern Ireland.
The research showed that around six in ten small businesses were impacted by the cold snap and that loss of demand (30 per cent) and closures (26 per cent) were the common impacts.
Summary: A snowed in bus has had to be pushed by its passengers in Norwich, as the cold snap gripped the country on Wednesday.
SNOW covered a Midland beauty spot yesterday morning as the forecast cold snap hit the region.
| PARIS, Feb 15 (KUNA) - The Government of President Nicolas Sarkozy has undertaken to review the energy situation here in view of the cold snap that hit Europe over the past two weeks, killing hundreds in Europe and at least 15 in France.
ROME (TAP) - Italyis set to hold emergency talks aimed at maximising gas supplies to vulnerable households asa cold snap tightened its grip on the country and the death toll rose to 26.
Poland: Europe s vicious cold snap has claimed 62 lives in Poland, with nine new victims in the past 24 hours, police said Monday.