Why Freezing Rain is So Dangerous

Submitted by on Mar 19, 2016


While it’s nice to look at, freezing rain is one of the most dangerous types of winter precipitation. Accumulations of only a few tenths of an inch freezing rain may not seem significant, but more than enough to break branches, power lines down (and cause power outages), as well as the coat and cause slippery roads.

Freezing rain occurs when precipitation falls in liquid rain, then freezes as it hits different objects in the world, whose temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The ice which is called ice glaze, because it covers portions of a smooth surface.

How Fast Freezing Rain Freezing?

While we say that the freezing rain freezes “on impact” when it gets to the surface, in reality, it takes some time for the water to turn into ice. Because freezing rain is not necessarily immediately frozen, icicles and dripping icicles sometimes develop.


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