ice storm


Definition of ice storm

: a storm in which falling rain freezes on contact

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Recent Examples on the Web Hank Williams, the 29-year-old King of Country Music, was to have flown to Charleston, West Virginia for a New Year’s Eve concert but an ice storm near Nashville kept him away. al, "Hank Williams died on New Year’s Day 1953, Montgomery funeral drew 20,000 mourners," 31 Dec. 2020 In 1948, rain that later turned into a blizzard and ice storm dropped 1.33 inches of precipitation on Chicago — the most rain recorded on Jan. 1. Kori Rumore,, "A wintry mix of rain and snow is forecast for New Year’s Day: Here are the warmest, coldest, snowiest and wettest since 1872," 31 Dec. 2020 In addition to environmental limits placed on the amount of salt that goes into catch basins except in ice storm emergencies, the city only implements a third shift from Jan. 1 through March in order to manage personnel requirements and overtime. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "City response to Cleveland Heights’ heaviest snowfall in over a decade draws some salty critiques," 9 Dec. 2020 The day after the ice storm, Washington observed one of its most frigid days on record, with a high of 8 degrees and low of -4. Washington Post, "Ice storms: Inside wintertime’s dreaded, frozen mess," 2 Dec. 2020 Or when people got stranded on I-465 overnight during an ice storm after a high school basketball game? Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "The Indiana high school boys basketball 2020-21 season preview: A season unlike any other," 24 Nov. 2020 Visible satellite image from Wednesday showing Hurricane Zeta moving ashore in Louisiana, an ongoing ice storm over Texas and Okla., and smoke plumes from fires in Southern California. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Record 74F at MSP Yesterday but Slush Potential Next Returns Week," 4 Nov. 2020 The Eisenhower Tree to the left of the fairway about 210 yards from the tee could not be saved from an ice storm in February 2014. Doug Ferguson,, "Masters 2020: A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National," 10 Nov. 2020 Hundreds of thousands of residents remained without power across Oklahoma on Wednesday as a devastating ice storm brought down power lines and trees--including one that is iconic--across the area. Fox News, "Ice storm damages Survivor Tree at Oklahoma City National Memorial, over 300K without power," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ice storm

1797, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Ice storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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