A thin layer, small amount (esp in phr skiff/skift of snow = a light fall of snow).
1834 (in 1956 Eliason Tarheel Talk 294) last night we had a little skift of snow. 1904 Kephart Notebooks 2:600 A thin skift of clouds. 1939 Hall Coll. Cataloochee NC We just got out on top, and there was a little skift of snow a fallin’. (Will Palmer) ibid. Cataloochee NC They was a little skiff of snow, and that was how come to see their sign (Steve Woody) 1953 Hall Coll. Plott Creek NC My grandmother has told me that when they first were back there, and they’d be snow or anything, a skift of snow around the pens, they’d be bears and wolf tracks all about there trying to get the stock from the barn. (John Plott) 1966 DARE = the first thin ice that forms over the surface of a pond (Brunsville NC); There’s just a skiff of ice (Spruce Pine NC).
[OED skiff “a slight sketch, trace, touch, etc.” chiefly Scot; cf CUD/HT skift “a light shower”]
We got another skiff of snow over the weekend. Even though it wasn’t much snow I’m not complaining. I’ll take what I can get.
Friday night Granny called and told me it was going to snow and I better tell the girls they should stick close to home. I didn’t tell them because the weather I watched said all we’d get were flurries, but I did tell The Deer Hunter what Granny called to tell me.
Early the next morning when I went into the kitchen he said “Come here and look Granny was right.” Sure enough a quick look out the back door showed everything was covered with a skiff of white snow.
I’m still hoping for a big snow before spring of the year gets here. If you have any extra at your house please send it my way 🙂