freezing rain


Definition of freezing rain

: rain that freezes upon contact with a surface (such as the ground) But to Healy's surprise, a glaze of freezing rain began to appear on the windshield.— Jon Vara This also explains why the stuff we call freezing rain … falls as a liquid but then turns to a sheet of ice when it strikes the pavement or a tree branch.— Frederick K. Lutgens et al. — compare hail entry 1, sleet entry 1, snow entry 1

First Known Use of freezing rain

1672, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freezing rain was in 1672

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“Freezing rain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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