freezing rain


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freezing rain

[¦frēz·iŋ ′rān]
(meteorology)
Rain that falls in liquid form but freezes upon impact to form a coating of glaze upon the ground and on exposed objects.

freezing rain

A rain that falls onto surfaces that have subfreezing temperatures and freezes into a sheet or a thin coating of ice. There is little or no air in between the layers of ice. If this coating becomes thick, it can significantly affect the aircraft's performance because it causes additional weight. Also known as clear ice and glaze. See glaze.
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Type Number Test 13,188 None 45,348 Rain 38,713 Drizzle 17,485 Freezing rain 3,234 Freezing drizzle 1,909 Snow 50,470 Wet snow 13,474 Ice pellets 5,574 Graupel 4,091 Rain and snow mixed 6,533 Rain and ice pellets mixed 4,644 Snow and ice pellets mixed 4,123
The gritter has been brought in to work on the vital M74 link between Glasgow and Carlisle, which can be deadly in the winter with freezing rain and treacherous black ice.
It is not that effective against freezing rain but it is the best we can do.
Forecasts were calling for light freezing rain mixed with light sleet and snow, which could lead to hazardous driving conditions.
Along with snow, the most southern parts of Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina are expected to receive light freezing rain or sleet.
Ice is particularly harmful to electrical lines and even at 1/4 inch of freezing rain accumulation, limbs and lines can become coated, causing outages to the distribution system.
The weather service is predicting a warm front from the south approaching late tonight, bringing the potential for freezing rain to all of the Willamette Valley on Monday morning.
Louis for the holiday, but decided not to risk it because of the freezing rain hitting the area and the promise of worse to come.
That means widespread precipitation, IFR conditions, icing and potentially freezing rain across large parts of the country.
Cars stuck on the A169 between Pickering and Whitby yesterday, as a "perfect storm" of freezing rain caused chaos on icy roads
SEVERE weather warnings today remain in place for much of the North East as freezing rain and Arctic temperatures continue to hit the region.
Cars and lorries were left lying mangled in ditches after skidding in a "perfect storm" of freezing rain.