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    Is snow Muktzeh on Shabbos?

    Is it permitted for children to play with it?

    Is it permitted even to touch or lift it?


    According to “Shmirath Shabbath K’Hilchata” (R’ Yehoshua Neuwirth)

    English Vol. 1 p.197, “It is not permitted to make snowballs or a snowman, but the snow itself is not muktzeh, even if it fell on Shabbath or Yom Tov.”

    p.174 (paraphrase) – snow may be shaken off clothing but only gently, unless the material is made from non-woven plastic sheets, when it can be done even vigorously.

    But of course consult your Rov. As for children, I guess it depends on what you consider the age of chinuch, same aa for playing with a muktzeh toy on Shabbos.

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