This is Not Onion Snow

Onion Snow is a term used in rural Pennsylvania.  (It may be used elsewhere, but I’ve been told that it’s a Pennsylvania term).  It is the first snow after the first warm spell in spring.  Generally speaking, it’s a dusting of maybe an inch of snow on the ground in the morning that melts by noon.

This is not onion snow.

After a month of warm weather and a mild winter, those of us in the Northeast are getting pounded by a storm that may bring over a foot of snow.  Wide spread power outages are expected because the heavy snow will weigh down trees that are in full bloom.

So, if you are snowbound and reading this post, you can relax with the knowledge that this is all supposed to be over by noon tomorrow and that by the end of the week we are supposed to have our warm weather back.  And, you can also stop by Michele Battiste’s blog where I am guest blogging a bit about how I discovered working-class poetry.


  1. Thank you for teaching me a new regional weather term, even if it doesn’t apply today. Stay safe!

  2. kweyant Said:

    Sandy — In western New York, onion snow becomes sugar snow!

    • Nothing against western NY, but I think I prefer the onion snow as an image. 🙂

  3. b_y Said:

    Nice term. Here in Tennessee, spring comes in fits and starts. (This spring being the exception for the most part) You get a string of warm days, and things begin to bloom, then Bam! Winter. We name the surges by the plants that are in bloom. Redbud Winter. Dogwood Winter. Locust. There may be one or two more, but the last, the one you know means that summer is just around the way, is Blackberry Winter.

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