ice storm


: a storm in which falling rain freezes on contact

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These warnings include blizzard, ice storm, high wind and even snow squall warnings. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 22 Feb. 2023 In 2007, JetBlue Airways Corp. cut 1,102 flights over six days — almost a third of its schedule — after a Valentine’s Day ice storm. Time, 27 Dec. 2022 In February Portland’s light rail systems shut down amidst the city’s worst ice storm, which coated overhead cables with more ice. IEEE Spectrum, 30 June 2021 And way up north Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas and Iron counties are under an ice storm watch which kicks in this evening. Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2023 Many counties were under blizzard or ice storm warnings. CBS News, 1 Apr. 2023 Across the Northern Hemisphere, many normally frigid spots experienced dry and warmer-than-usual conditions, while others were plagued with heavy snow and damaging ice storms. Denise Chow, NBC News, 2 Mar. 2023 The vast majority of the outages are in Michigan, where more than 732,000 customers are waking up without power amid an ice storm. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2023 With a projected snow and ice storm bearing down on Central Indiana, the Indiana Department of Health on Tuesday announced that many of its mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics will be closed Thursday. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ice storm was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Ice storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

ice storm

: a storm in which falling rain freezes as it lands

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