Is sleet freezing rain?
In the UK, Ireland, and Canada "sleet" refers to a mixture of rain and snow.
In the USA, "sleet" refers to ice pellets and is one of 3 forms of precipitation categorized as "wintery mix"; the other 2 forms are snow and freezing rain.
Sleet, by the UK definition, occurs when snow falls into a region just enough warmer to start melting the snow, but not all of it. Most of the time it gets just enough colder over the course of the storm to transition to straight up snow leaving a wet layer at the bottom. Occasionally it will instead warm up just enough to just barely melt all the snow on the way down and transition to freezing rain.
The ice pellets described in the US term occur when snow from high up falls through a region warm enough to melt it, then enters a lower zone where it is cold enough to freeze it again. If that lower zone almost refreezes it, then you get freezing rain instead.
In both cases sleet starts out as snow.
In practical terms, sleet is right on the borderline between freezing rain and snow; if it gets a little colder, you get just snow, if it gets just a tiny bit warmer, you get freezing rain which hits as a liquid but quickly freezes to a layer of ice on most surfaces.
well the answer to this is that mainly hail is found in a thunderstorm that is peices of ice getting bigger and bigger and it is to heavy for the clouds to hold anymore and sleet is just about the same as freezing rain, is rain that occurs when the rain falls into a cold area in the atmosphere where the temperature cold enough for the rain to freeze .
There is rain, sleet, snow, and hail (most common is rain). :-D Why stop at 4? You want all 13? Here are the classics: Rain, Sleet, Snow, Hail, and Mixed. If you need the ones only a Meteorologis would love, then you have Snow Pellets, Snow Grains, Drizzle, Freezing Drizzle, Freezing Rain, Freezing Fog, Ice Crystals and good ol' Graupel!
This can be either sleet or freezing rain, though both technically start as snow and melt into rain. Sleet is rain that is able to freeze back into ice pellets before reaching the ground. Freezing rain is rain that does not have enough time to freeze into ice before reaching the ground - the cold layer is very shallow to the ground, so it is rain that freezes on contact with cold surfaces.
Freezing rain is possible on Sunday as a dynamic winter storm enters the state's atmosphere. Snow and rain are widely understood forms of precipitation, but often times freezing rain and sleet have people confused as to what they are and what makes them different. Between the two, freezing rain is considered as the more dangerous because it often immediately leads to very slippery roadways. It can also begin to build up as ice on power…