ice storm


Definition of ice storm 

: a storm in which falling rain freezes on contact

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The closings come a day after an ice storm caused slick roads and delayed flights in the Kansas City area. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Several Kansas City school districts cancel classes for Wednesday | The Kansas City Star," 21 Feb. 2018 An unusually cold April—coupled with an ice storm that hit central Canada—weighed on some sectors in the month. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada GDP Rose in April on Factory Strength," 29 June 2018 The ice storm was so bad, falling pieces punched holes in the roof of the Blue Jays' domed stadium. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Kansas City Royals team bus hit by chunk of flying ice, relief pitcher takes wheel," 16 Apr. 2018 Additionally, Arnold said there is a potential for power outages with the ice storm, so residents should take precautions by having plans in place, including extra blankets and home safety kits. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Major ice storm now targeting 10 Michigan counties: What to know," 13 Apr. 2018 The former is a stinging ice storm; the latter is a warm bath. Matthew Gilbert,, "‘Patrick Melrose’ and ‘Little Women’: opposite portraits of the ties that bind," 9 May 2018 Consumers Energy had 140,000 customers affected by the power outages statewide since the ice storm started Saturday. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "DTE: 250K customers without power after ice storm," 16 Apr. 2018 Several flights were canceled after an ice storm Tuesday ensnared the Kansas City metro area, but passengers who boarded Delta Airlines flight No. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Delta followed the rules but left answering questions after 12-hour KCI tarmac delay | The Kansas City Star," 22 Feb. 2018 Freezing rain is expected along and north of a line from Sauk County to Fond du Lac County Monday morning, turning to rain around noon, and prompting the weather service to issue an ice storm warning from 3 p.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Southern Wisconsin weather turning nasty, with freezing rain and possible flash flooding," 17 Feb. 2018

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1797, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ice storm

: a storm in which falling rain freezes as it lands

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