What is Sleet and How Does it Form?


This time of the year all precipitation begins as snow. The snow leave the clouds and falls towards the earth. As the snow falls it travels through a warm layer of air (Air above 32 degrees) and melts to just plain rain. The rain then contiues to fall to earth until it travels through a cold pocket of air (Air below 32 degrees). The cold pocket of air is deep enough to allow the rain to refreeze into a ice pellet. This ice pellet is call sleet. 

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