The Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham has been called off a little under an hour before kick-off as snow continued to fall at Turf Moor.
Attempts to clear the pitch were in vain as the undersoil heating struggled to cope and snow fell as quickly as it could be removed.
The announcement was made shortly after both sides had named their teams for the match.
Referee Peter Bankes praised the efforts of the ground staff to get the game on but admitted safety concerns had to take precedence.
"They've worked as hard as they possibly could but within 10 minutes of clearing it, the snow was back on the field," he told Sky Sports News.
"Safety is obviously the primary focus for us and both managers were in agreement the spectacle wouldn’t be very good, and I think the best decision was to call the whole thing off."
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte said: "It's bitterly disappointing but I think the team made the right decision.
"You can see, 10 minutes ago they tried to cut off the snow, and now it’s worse than before.
"We want to play football and have great fun, but I think in this situation it is impossible."
Speaking to BBC Sport, Burnley manager Sean Dyche – who came out for the pitch inspection in shirt sleeves – said: "As you can see, the pitch re-covers every time they clear it.
"The referee explained the safety angle as well so it was important to make a decision early.
"It fell that quick and that heavy. It's still quite strong now. [The pitch] can’t get rid of the snow that quick.
"It’s the lines being cleared as well – we would have to stop and clear them. It’s a joint decision with everyone concerned.
"We were ready for the game and I made it clear if it could be played we wanted it on – as did their manager.
"I can’t see how it could go ahead the way the pitch is at the moment."