WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

SNOW



Never struggle with Show-and-Tell again. Sign up and activate your free trial, Sign in as a subscriber to view the Weather And Earthly Phenomenon Thesaurus in its entirety, or visit the Table of Contents to explore unlocked entries.

START MY 2-WEEK FREE TRIAL

HELPFUL TIP:

Don’t be afraid to pair weather conditions with your setting choice to contrast or reinforce a character’s emotions. Hopelessness might be mirrored in the relentless drizzle of rain and the resulting heavy drag of one’s clothes; alternatively, this feeling can stand out in stark contrast to sunlight dancing over fresh snow. Can weather also provide symbolism, thereby enriching the reader’s experience? Think about your goal for the scene and the mood you are trying to create, and then layer your description with meaningful choices.
SIGHT:
Lacy flakes drifting out of the sky and slowly turning the landscape white
Snow threading through the trees to frost branches and bushes
Thick layers of white accumulating on roofs, cars, and walkways
Cold winds forcing the snow into drifts
Footprints making paths in fresh snow as people walk to the bus or take their dogs out 
Small, meandering tracks (from mice, chipmunks, and birds) that are barely visible on the snow crust 
Animal prints making trails in the woods (deer, rabbits, coyotes)
Discolored pine needles dusting an older blanket of snow
Tufts of dead grass poking up through the white
Sunlight sparkling off snow in a glittering display
Gusting wind that causes branches to shift and snow to cascade down in a drift
People shoveling sidewalks and driveways
Road salt melting the ice at bus stops
Shovels leaning against a porch railing
Children building snowmen and forts
Bright sleds being ridden down a steep hill

SMELLS:
Fresh, crisp air that may have a slightly metallic scent

TASTES:
A light ozone flavor that may or may not be noticed due to numb taste buds

TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
The soft weight of snow falling in one's hair
A powdery tickle of snow dusting one's cheeks, eyebrows, and lashes
...

SOUNDS:
...

REINFORCING A MOOD:
...

SYMBOLISM:
...

COMMON CLICHÉS:
...

WEATHER NOTES:
...

SCENARIOS FOR ADDING CONFLICT OR TENSION:
...