freezing rain


  1. rain that falls as a liquid but freezes into glaze upon contact with the ground.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of freezing rain1

First recorded in 1790–1800

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Example Sentences

The combination promises to bring perhaps a little snow along with the dreaded mix of sleet and freezing rain.

Some of our colder areas could see some spotty freezing rain early in the morning, so use extra caution.

Most spots might stay dry, but it only takes a little freezing rain to cause problems.

We can’t rule out a little patchy, light freezing rain or freezing drizzle in the predawn hours.

With temperatures dropping to lows in the mid-20s to near 30, a light accumulation of snow, or a glaze of freezing rain, could make things slick by morning.

Many people do not understand the difference between sleet and freezing rain.

If a pure freezing rain storm were to hit the northern tier of this country, it would have the same effect as it does in Atlanta.

Freezing rain, on the other hand, is a whole different ballgame.

Freezing rain fills potholes and snow drifts in through windows empty of glass.

Every muscle and sinew in me was wracked, while I stood in a driving wind and freezing rain.

His garments were frozen stiff, and altogether he resembled a bronze statue of Franklin after a freezing rain storm.

By this time, it was dark, with a freezing rain covering everything with ice.

I was lashed by a freezing rain, my numb hands were cut and bleeding, and there were ten weary miles still ahead.

If a substantial layer of ice is expected to accumulate from the freezing rain, an ice storm is forecast.





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