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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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It may turn sleety for a time over high ground but there should be some decent sunshine for the rest of the day.
I did, however, walk around the rainy, snowy, sleety turkey woods with the camera clipped to my vest, and whenever I reached for it, it performed without a hitch.
In drear-nighted December, Too happy, happy tree, Thy Branches ne'er remember Their green felicity: The north cannot undo them, With a sleety whistle through them; Nor frozen thawings glue them From budding at the prime.
Because bulb-planting season is often cold, sleety, brown, gray, anything but colorful.
I have known a thousand birds captured within a week, by two or three parties using these infernal machines during a cold, sleety spell of weather when the quail is always loth to take wing.
While sleety rain and a bone-chilling wind scoured the town, we sat snug in the sitting room with our drinks.
There will be lots of ice about, given we've had a lot of sleety showers.
Having to put a quarter into a shopping cart on a cold, sleety day was a big negative--as was being treated like I should have know better than to come without a bag.
January was cold and sleety, February cold, but with little precipitation.
It should be cold and sunny tomorrow and Wednesday will be sleety too as more snow is expected to fall.
With the sleety March wind cold enough to freeze the bells off a court jester, the garden is not a place to linger just now, so we head back into the marginally warmer environment of the gatehouse, where Tamsin produces a bucket of water and demonstrates the ingenious contraption that was the Elizabethan watering can.
The former City manager left under a cloud from which had poured the rain of fan discontent, the hail of dressing room splits and, er, some sleety, snowy kind of stuff that probably signified boardroom impatience.