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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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This had not been one of his better trips to the Baltics, and the drizzly sleety April weather hadn't helped.
The day he drove into one facility's parking lot, it was a cold, sleety afternoon.
Well, you've got to have winters - with sleety gutters, frozen water pipes, hissing radiators, and all the rest - to have those "overcoat openings" where a few hundred people, all smoking filterless cigarettes and smelling of wet wool, jam into a small gallery in which the basement boiler has kicked the room temperature above eighty, to look at a messy painting made in a cold-water loft.
The sleety winds howling through the fish market, tearing at the plastic tarpaulins hung against the elements, deposit their ice on mounds of tuna blood-red as venison, purple octopus and huge cod: high-protein fodder.
Saturday will see sleety showers and it will turn mild, wet and windy on Sunday.
The cold, snowy and sleety weather this week is due to a rapidly deepening low-pressure system in the north Atlantic, which is pushing associated bands of cloud and rain across the country as it tracks north eastwards.
The cold, snowy and sleety weather this week is due to a rapidly deepening low pressure system in the north Atlantic, which is pushing associated bands of cloud and rain across the country as it tracks north eastwards.
Showers will be of snow on hills, and sleety at lower levels.
Snow forecast last night and sleety showers, with temperatures around 0C, are forecast from Monday.
A police source said: "She was lodged in a really uncomfortable position for about 30 minutes in the sleety rain.
There wi l l be lots of ice about, given we've had a lot of sleety showers.
The twenty times I was soaked to the skin from sleety rain and snow last year can even be forgiven with a tall gingerbread latte and a piece of aromatic cinnamon toast.