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Snow in German – German Vocabulary 101


When I was little, snow was an absolute delight. Every day it had snowed, our garden looked like a white winter wonderland. All the children in the neighborhood were out and about, building snowmen and snow forts, running sleighs down the hills and throwing snow balls at each other.

Today we will learn about the different expressions with snow in German.

german shepherd snow
German shepherd in the snow. — Image by Pavel Hrdlička from Pixabay

Does it snow in Germany?

You bet it does! But how often and how much snow falls depends largely on where you are. Northern Germany is located near the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, which store the summer’s warmth longer than the land does. So here winter’s are often more wet than snowy, with good chance for snow probably in January or February. White Christmases are rare here.

But the south of Germany is a completely different story. Here the winters set in early, are usually colder and last longer. And last but not least, there’s much more snow! Especially of course in the alpine region. Many mountains there are so high, their tops are covered in snow all year round. So it is a very popular area for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing.

Snow as a Verb in German

The German word for "to snow" is schneien.

Schneien is an intransitive verb, and is only used in 3rd person singular.

  • Es schneit. — It snows.
  • Es hat geschneit. — It has been snowing.
  • Wird es schneien? — Will it snow?
bird on a snowy branch
Bird on a snowy branch — Image by Nicky ❤️🌿🐞🌿❤️ from Pixabay

Snow as a Noun in German

The German translation of snow is der Schnee (masculine, no plural).

The various Types of Snow in German

Snow isn’t just frozen water in a pretty form. There are many different varieties of snow. The German language may not have as many descriptions as the Inuit, but they don’t seem to have less than the English language.

English ExpressionsGerman TranslationsGender
snowder Schneemasculine
artificial snowder Kunstschneemasculine
deep snowder Tiefschneemasculine
powder snowder Puderschneemasculine
snow crustder Harschmasculine
snow depthdie Schneehöhefeminine
snow driftdie Schneewehe / die Schneeverwehungfeminine
snow flurrydas Schneegestöber / das Schneetreibenneuter
snow hareder Schneehasemasculine
snow layerdie Schneeschichtfeminine
snow mantledie Schneedeckefeminine
snow showerder Schneeschauermasculine
snow slushder Schneematschmasculine
snow stormder Schneesturmmasculine
snow waterdas Schneewasserneuter
sleigh ride in the snow in german forest
Ein Pferdeschlitten im Schnee. – A horse sleigh in the snow. — Image by Tomasz Proszek from Pixabay

Other Words with Snow in German

English ExpressionsGerman TranslationsGender
snow angelder Schneeengelmasculine
snow blowerdie Schneefräsefeminine
snow cannondie Schneekanonefeminine
snow chainsdie Schneekettenplural
snow coneder Schneekegelmasculine
snow coverdie Schneedeckefeminine
snow crystalder Schneekristallmasculine
snow dayder Schneetagmasculine
snow fenceder Schneezaunmasculine
snow flowerdie Schneeblumefeminine
snow globedie Schneekugelfeminine
snow gundie Schneekanonefeminine
snow leopardder Schneeleopardmasculine
snow linedie Schneefallgrenzefeminine
snow shoesdie Schneeschuheplural
snow shoveldie Schneeschaufelfeminine
Snow Whitedas Schneewittchenneuter
snowdropdas Schneeglöckchenneuter
snowmander Schneemannmasculine

Expressions with Snow in German Translation

English ExpressionsGerman Translations
covered with snowschneebedeckt
to be snowed ineingeschneit sein
to be snowed under with workunter einem Berg von Arbeit begraben sein
to snow into sth.hereinschneien
schneeglöckchen - snowdrops in german
Schneeglöckchen kündigen das Ende des Winters an. – Snowdrops herald the end of winter. — Image by sunflair from Pixabay

Example Sentences

  • Es hat die ganze Nacht geschneit. — It has been snowing all night.
  • Wird es morgen Schnee geben? — Will there be snow tomorrow?
  • Der Boden ist gefroren und die Bäume sind schneebedeckt. — The ground is frozen and the trees are covered with snow.
  • Die Berggipfel sind schneebedeckt. — The mountain peaks are covered with snow.