How to Describe a SNOWY Day in English

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As you learn English you'll want to know how to describe different types of weather. In this English lesson I'll help you learn how to describe a snowy day in English. There are many types of weather, but we're having a snowstorm here right now, so I thought this would be a great time to help you learn how to talk about it. As you know, talking about the weather is a form of small talk in English, so you'll want to master it! There are a few words and phrases for describing a snowy day. The snow can be light, it can be moderate, or heavy like when we have a blizzard. Today the snow is moderate - not light, but not heavy, but it will probably snow a lot harder later in the afternoon. There definitely are many things getting covered in snow though! In this English lesson I'll be sure to teach words and phrases like accumulation, wind chill, blowing snow, drifting snow, and many more! I think you'll enjoy this English weather lesson about describing a snowy day! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… This video edited by Ember Productions: https://audreyember.com Thanks Audrey! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… Sign up for my email list for regular English lesson practice materials: https://bit.ly/3iW5F7h βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

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So, as you can see,
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we're having a bit of a snowstorm today.
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A snowstorm is similar to a rainstorm, of course,
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except snow comes down instead of rain.
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That's probably obvious.
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I should mention though, that we're not having a blizzard.
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A blizzard is a snowstorm that's really extreme,
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where we have lots of heavy snow,
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and you can hardly see anywhere.
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But I thought, since we're having a snowstorm today,
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I should come outside,
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and I should do an English lesson
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on how to talk about a snowy day in English.
00:27
(upbeat music)
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So when I woke up this morning, the first thing I did
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is I checked the weather forecast on my computer.
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And it said that we were in a winter storm warning.
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A winter storm warning is when it's already snowing,
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and it's going to keep snowing for a few hours,
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or in this case, for two more days.
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So that was kind of exciting.
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Then I checked the messaging app that we use for my school,
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and it said that today was a snow day.
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A snow day is when you don't have to go to work
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if you're a teacher,
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and you don't have to go to school if you're a student.
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So not only do the students get a day off today, I do too.
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So that's kind of fun.
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I can enjoy this winter storm that we are having.
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When I checked the weather forecast,
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it said two things about today,
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about how the snow was coming down.
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It said that there would be periods of snow.
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This means that it's going to snow for a bit,
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and then stop for a bit, and then start again.
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There's just gonna be times of the day when it's snowing.
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Although I think they might have been a little bit wrong,
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because it's been snowing the whole morning already.
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It also said that there would be snow flurries.
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Snow flurries are simply when
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snow comes a little harder for a little bit,
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and then a little softer for a little bit.
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I guess snow flurries simply means
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that snow is actually falling out of the sky.
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It did mention a third thing as well.
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It said that we would have 20 to 40 centimeters
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of accumulation.
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When we use the word accumulation
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when we're talking about snow,
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it means how much snow is going to end up on the ground
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once it stops snowing.
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So once this storm moves through,
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we will have 20 to 40 centimeters of accumulation.
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There will be quite a bit of snow on the ground.
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When we talk about snow coming down,
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we describe it usually with three different words.
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When we want to mention how much snow is falling at once,
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we say that it might be a light snowfall,
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a moderate snowfall, or a heavy snowfall.
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A light snowfall is obvious.
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It's when a tiny amount of snow is falling out of the sky.
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Moderate would be something like this,
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where you can still see my house behind me.
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You can still kind of see in the distance,
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but it's snowing pretty good.
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So I would say this is a moderate amount of snowfall.
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And then we have heavy snowfall.
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A heavy amount of snowfall usually occurs
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when a lot of snow is coming out of the sky.
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It's very hard to see in the distance,
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and the snow accumulates really, really quickly.
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When you're describing a snowy day in English,
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you also have to talk a little bit about the wind.
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Today, the weather forecast said
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that the wind would be blowing at 20 kilometers per hour,
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and that it would be gusting to 40 kilometers per hour.
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When it is windy,
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at the same time as when it is snowing,
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we have what's called blowing snow and drifting snow.
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Blowing snow is snow that has been scooped back up
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off the ground,
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or that the wind has picked up out of the air,
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and it kind of goes sideways.
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You can see a little bit of blowing snow going by me
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as I make this video.
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But when you have blowing snow, you also get drifts.
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You get drifting snow.
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This is when the air or the wind
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carries snow for a little bit,
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and then drops it on big piles.
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And those piles are called snow drifts.
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In fact, there's one behind me here.
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Maybe I'll run over, and stand on it for you.
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Give me one second.
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This is a snow drift!
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You can also see that the drifting snow
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has caused a lot more snow to accumulate
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in some spots as opposed to others.
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So when you have wind, when you have snow,
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you get blowing snow, and you get drifting snow,
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and you get really cool snow drifts.
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Oh, and one other thing about the wind on a cold snowy day,
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it actually makes it feel colder than it actually is.
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And we call this the wind chill effect.
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Today, it's supposed to be minus four,
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which is actually not too bad.
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That's fairly mild in terms of temperature,
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but with the wind, it's going to feel like minus seven.
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When it's really, really cold,
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when it's below zero, and the wind blows,
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it makes human beings,
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you sense the temperature a little bit differently.
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So even though it's minus four out here,
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it feels like minus seven, because of the wind.
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We definitely have hazardous driving conditions today.
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When it snows, the road gets a lot of snow on it,
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and it becomes very slippery,
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and it's dangerous to drive on the road.
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In fact, right now,
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they would say that you should stay home,
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that driving conditions are very poor.
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It's very hazardous.
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In fact, visibility is quite low.
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If you were driving a car right now,
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you would really have trouble seeing someone.
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In fact, let's watch this car go by,
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and you'll see how it will eventually just disappear
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into the snow.
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Eventually you just won't be able to see it.
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And as I mentioned earlier, the snow is drifting,
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so it's blowing back onto the road
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as it lands on the road as well.
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So it's definitely not a good day to go for a drive.
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Of course, the nice thing is
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eventually the snowplow will go by,
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and the snowplow will drop some salt and sand on the road,
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which makes it a lot less slippery,
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and a lot less dangerous.
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But actually today,
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the snowplow hasn't gone by very often at all.
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I think they're waiting for the storm to be over
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before they clean everything up all at once.
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Well, hey, thank you so much
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for watching this little English lesson
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about how to talk about a snowy day in English.
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I hope you were able to learn a little bit more English
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as you watched this lesson.
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And give me a thumbs up
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if this video helped you learn a little bit more English.
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And I'm just gonna go run and jump in this snow drift.
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So have a good day, and enjoy the snow.
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That,
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that was a lot deeper than I thought it was gonna be.
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Bye, everybody.
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(upbeat music)
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