ice storm

noun

Definition of ice storm

: a storm in which falling rain freezes on contact

Examples of ice storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week on Riverdale Thanksgiving comes to town with pep, and an ice storm ensures that everyone is trapped in place for at least a few hours. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The “Riverdale” Thanksgiving Brought All the Feels — and an Exploding Turkey," 21 Nov. 2019 Weather forecast for Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Wochit Snow today, 70 degrees tomorrow, then an ice storm. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Weather: 70 degrees, then ice storm looming for metro Detroit," 11 Apr. 2018 Then Sundt takes me to a basketball game, despite a powerful ice storm that has closed down much of Indiana. Kenneth E. Hartman, Harper's magazine, "Life after Life," 16 Sep. 2019 Much of Michigan is expected to be hit by a snow and ice storm this weekend. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Senator calls for shutdown of Line 5 oil pipeline due to damage," 13 Apr. 2018 After a recent ice storm, David’s children got to enjoy a day off when school was cancelled due to dangerous conditions. Rebecca Shafter, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland Little League reflects after 48th season gets underway," 5 Mar. 2018 But an ice storm and winter advisory led to the cancellation of school on Tuesday. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Police presence planned at Lawrence high school after Snapchat threat to harm students," 20 Feb. 2018 Freezing rain could lead to an ice storm around the northern Great Lakes, along with northern New York state and northern New England as well as southern Ontario. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Blizzards, tornadoes, fires: Wild storm to deliver all sorts of extreme weather across nation this weekend," 13 Apr. 2018 Two hours into the start of classes Tuesday, University of Missouri-Kansas City announced the campus was shutting down due to an ice storm that moved into the metro area early that morning. Mará Rose Williams And Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Students express frustration when UMKC cancels school after classes begin," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ice storm

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ice storm was in 1797

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5 Dec 2019

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“Ice storm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ice%20storm. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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ice storm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ice storm

: a storm in which falling rain freezes as it lands

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