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Phillip’s Weather Trivia: Can liquid fall from the sky when the air is below freezing?

The next 75 days are our prime time for wintry precipitation
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 1:57 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - As we move further into the cold season, it is time to think of wintry precipitation. Today’s question is about whether liquid can fall from the sky when the air is below freezing.

Phillip's Weather Trivia Question Dec 9
Phillip's Weather Trivia Question Dec 9(WITN)

Here is a hint: remember there are a variety of wintry precipitation types. Some bounce when they hit the ground while some coat trees and powerlines with ice. Check your answer below.

Phillip's Weather Trivia Answer Dec 9
Phillip's Weather Trivia Answer Dec 9(WITN)

Yes, freezing rain is a liquid which falls just like rain. The difference is that freezing rain will coat trees, powerlines, cars, grasses, and roads with ice as it freezes. It is one of the more dangerous types of wintry precipitation. I’ve seen freezing rain happen when the surface air temperature was in the upper teens. There was a warmer layer of air above the surface causing the precipitation to be liquid. That makes the worst ice storm. - Phillip Williams

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