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sleet,

precipitation of small, partially melted grains of ice. As raindrops fall from clouds, they pass through layers of air at different temperatures. If they pass through a layer with a temperature below the freezing point, they turn into sleet. Snowflakes that have melted by passing through a warm layer will turn into sleet if they then pass through a freezing layer. Sleet often falls together with snow and rain, and may deposit an icy coating on exposed surfaces. Sleet occurs only during the winter, while hailhail,
precipitation in the form of pellets composed of ice or of ice and snow, occurring at any time of the year, usually during the passage of a cold front or during a thunderstorm. Small hailstones have a soft center and a single outer coat of ice.
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, a different form of icy precipitation, may fall at any time of the year.

sleet

[slēt]
(meteorology)
Colloquially in some parts of the United States, precipitation in the form of a mixture of snow and rain.

sleet

Water droplets falling from clouds that become clear ice pellets after passing through a layer of clouds with freezing temperatures. Sleet thus indicates a temperature inversion. Sleet may also develop from the freezing of melted snow, as the latter falls through a colder layer of air near the ground. On weather charts, sleet is represented by image

sleet

1. partly melted falling snow or hail or (esp US) partly frozen rain
2. Chiefly US the thin coat of ice that forms when sleet or rain freezes on cold surfaces
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Meanwhile, a band of light rain and drizzle turned to sleet and snow as it moved from the east.
The Weather Channel predicts "bitterly cold" weather with the chance of sleet and snow.
Perhaps another frontal system arriving during Thursday bringing a mixture of rain, sleet and snow, although cold with frost and patchy freezing fog ahead of this.
Some rain or sleet or hill snow is possible, although it will be brief and unlikely to settle.
Kirklees Council said the mix of rain, sleet and snow had made things difficult for drivers and the gritters.
Alex Burkill, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: "Rain could fall as snow and sleet with heavier snow in the higher grounds.
Nashville and Louisville saw freezing rain, while more than an inch of sleet accumulated in northern Mississippi, western Kentucky, parts of Arkansas and parts of Louisiana.
Brief periods of freezing rain and sleet this afternoon and evening could make for treacherous roads, the National Weather Service is reporting.
It will be a lot colder towards evening with a risk of sleet.
Forecasters have warned that up to four inches of snow could fall over the Scottish mountains and further south, and blustery showers will produce heavy rain, which could turn to sleet and snow on higher ground.
THE Midlands is braced for a freezing weekend with sleet and even snow forecast in certain parts.
One motorist, who was driving in the area at the time, said the accident could have also been caused by heavy sleet.