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Old 02-14-2020, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by california jobcase View Post
Sleet is not freezing rain. Sleet is frozen rain, and I have seen it pile up without any liquid rain or snow mixed in with it.

Freezing rain is liquid rain that freezes on impact.
We apparently have different definitions, as others have noted. In my dialect, sleet is wet. It may include some hard bits of ice, but if it's not wet, it's not sleet.

Hence, there is no single bit of sleet. It's always an amalgam.

This may be why American forecasters are using that term "wintry mixture" which is new to me. We already have a term for it:sleet. If Americans don't have that term, I can see why they would need to invent one for it.

(Piper, whose home town is currently dealing with -40 temps.)

Last edited by Northern Piper; 02-14-2020 at 10:22 PM.