dwy n also dwey, dwigh, dwoi, dwoy, dwye, etc [phonetics unavailable].
EDD dwyes sb pl 'eddies' IW (1863-); cp SMYTH 704 twy 'meteor squall on the
coasts' W Ha. Eddy, gust, flurry; squall; brief shower or storm. Freq in phr dwy of
rain, ~ of snow, and comb snow ~ .
1863 MORETON 30
Dwigh. A short shower or storm, whether of rain, hail or snow. 1866 WILSON 344 When they
reached the barrens, it became foggy; then a 'snow-dwie,' that is, a slight
snow-shower, came on; another 'dwie' followed, until it became a heavy snow-storm. 1895
J A Folklore viii, 39 ~ A mist or slight shower. 'Is it going to rain to-day?'
'No, it is only a dwy,' a Newfoundlander may reply. [c1900] 1978 RLS 8, p. 26
Dwye. A squall of wind accompanied by rain, hail or snow. 1919 GRENFELL1 61
They supposed that surely between the worst snow 'dweys' they would catch sight of some
familiar leading mark. 1927 Christmas Messenger 47 Dwye, or dwigh. A sudden shower
of rain or snow... This word ... is not known or used on the coastline south of St
John's... I have heard Placentia Bay men using the word as a joke on northern men. 1932
BARBOUR 3 What was in the store was safe from 'dwighs' (sudden short local showers of
rain or snow) which might come up. P 19-55 A snow dwigh usually stops as quick as it
comes. P 148-63 The snow comes in dwies. T 70/1-64 Used to be dwies o' snow, late
November, last a couple of hours, an' frosty an' then the blue sky'd shine out again,
clear again for a spell, an' then dwies againwind northern, see. T 75/8-64 But we
started to haul in; little dwy of snow come, an' fog. 1979 Evening Telegram 9
June, p. 17 He knows he'll be lucky to last until the first dwigh of the winter.