In this paper, we propose an image-based approach for the simulation of outdoor snowy scenes. Using a snowy image as the reference, we extract the snow covered regions from the reference through a snow model and achieve the snow color information. Then the target image will get the snow color information and take on snowy appearance through a color transfer procedure. To solve the problem of different data distributions between the reference and the target in the procedure, power transform and modulus transform are employed to adjust the image data according to the snow information derived from the reference image data. The experimental results indicate this approach can simulate the snowy scenes with high quality while greatly reducing the computational complexity of simulation compared with the traditional algorithms.