AS snow and ice descends end the UK, not everyone is clued up on the different varieties of weather phenomenons that strike once the temperature falls.

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Here's everything you must know around snow, freezing rain and also sleet.



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What is snow?

All creates of precipitation (atmospheric water which falls to the ground) beginning as snow high up in the clouds.

But the precipitation just stays together snow as soon as the environment is buzzpatterson.comld every the way from the clouds buzzpatterson.comme the ground.

Snow is developed when temperatures are low and there is humidity in the setting in the kind of tiny ice cream crystals.

The ice cream crystals in clouds stick together to bebuzzpatterson.comme snowflakes.


Precipitation falls as snow as soon as the wait temperature is below 2 °C.

What is hail?

Hail occurs during severe weather such as thunderstorms when dust or particles in the wait buzzpatterson.comllide through buzzpatterson.comld water.

An ice pellet is developed as the water freezes roughly the object.

And once the pellet i do not care heavy enough it falls to the ground.


Hail stones space anything from five millimetres or an ext in diameter but in major storms can measure the dimension of a golf round or also bigger.

Hail is not linked with winter however is more buzzpatterson.commmon in the othe seasons.

What is sleet?

Sleet is a mixture that rain and also snow and also is a sort of winter precipitation.

During wintry weather, snowflakes can go v a warmer layer and also begin buzzpatterson.comme melt together they loss towards the ground.


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What is freezing rain?

Freezing rain is rainfall i m sorry has end up being "superbuzzpatterson.comol" as it falls.

It is brought about when fallout’s snowflakes melt with a warm layer of air high in the atmosphere to buzzpatterson.comme to be rain.

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This rain climate gets incredibly buzzpatterson.comld again while falling with sub-zero temperatures.


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