Chionophobia is the extreme dislike or fear of snow. The word originates from Greek chion meaning snow and phobos meaning fear, aversion or dread. People with Chionophobia often understand that their fear is unfounded and weird. However, they are unable to control it.
One of the biggest reasons for this phobia is a fear of getting trapped in snow. People often tend to get anxious following a snowy weather forecast. This can make people run to the markets to stock up essential items. Most of the chionophobia causes can be associated with traumatic events or painful incidents in the past involving snow, often during childhood.
A phobic person may have taken a bad hit from a snowball, got trapped in deep snow or have been involved in a sledding accident. Chionophobia may develop after a car accident caused due to snowy conditions, lead to injuries or fatality. Such an experience may influence many people that snow is dangerous and is best avoided to remain safe.
As it does not snow all year round, many with this phobia think treatment is unnecessary. They often take avoidance measures and think these as sufficient to cope with their snow related fears. The most important tool in overcoming your fear is to accept the fact you have a phobia and become willing to take curbing measures.