ice storm


Definition of ice storm 

: a storm in which falling rain freezes on contact

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Much of the cause was Michigan's increasingly high winds, sometimes accompanied by ice storms. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "History of power outages riles metro Detroiters, DTE promises fixes," 28 June 2018 Elsewhere in the country, the Midwest will see less snow than average, while states like Texas and Arkansas could see their fair share of snow and ice storms. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Winter Is Going to Be Worse Than Usual in 2019, According to Accuweather Predictions," 3 Oct. 2018 The 1997-1998 event resulted in flooding in the southeast, a severe ice storm in the northeast, $550 million in rain and flood damages in California, and tornadoes in Florida. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 The worst ice storm in Mississippi in over 40 years occurred, dropping power lines and trees across every road, stranding me there for three days, unable to make my flight. Chris Offutt, Town & Country, "A Writer's Guide to Oxford, Mississippi," 22 Nov. 2013 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

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1797, in the meaning defined above

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: a storm in which falling rain freezes as it lands

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