A light blowing swirl of snow that's just barely falling is a flurry. There might be a brief flurry or two at the beginning of the winter, with no real heavy snow until January.

You can describe a snow flurry, or a similarly swirling flurry of leaves or papers. When people act this way, rushing and fussing around, that's another kind of flurry. There might, for example, be a flurry of activity in the morning at your house as everyone hurries to get ready for the day. This sense of flurry is actually about a hundred years older than the snow meaning, which was first used in mid-1800's American English.

Definitions of flurry

n a rapid active commotion

ado, bustle, fuss, hustle, stir
Type of:
commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
the act of making a noisy disturbance

n a light brief snowfall and gust of wind (or something resembling that)

“he had to close the window against the flurries
“there was a flurry of chicken feathers”
snow flurry
Type of:
snow, snowfall
precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals

v move in an agitated or confused manner

Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v cause to feel embarrassment

confuse, disconcert, put off
bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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cause to be nervous or upset
make confused or perplexed or puzzled
deflect, distract
draw someone's attention away from something
Type of:
abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

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