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  • n. A light, high altitude snowfall that indicates the end of summer.

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  • The first snowfall that sticks on the tops of the mountains each year, which signifies that winter is on its way. Originally a gold rush term signaling the end of the prospecting season, it now gives low-land residents warning that snow will be falling in about a month.

    June 23, 2015

  • Either way, it's great. Colorful turn of phrase. :-)

    November 5, 2007

  • This is not one of mine, reesetee. It is commonly used here, as in "The termination dust is here; time to winterize the cabin."

    November 5, 2007

  • Haha! Did you invent this, skipvia, or is it a real term in your area?

    October 31, 2007

  • Snow, which in Alaska signals the end of the outdoor construction season.

    October 31, 2007