My brother, Robert, is a meteorologist, so I’ve grown up talking about weather almost my entire life. Today my brother and I were talking about a huge snowstorm that is going to his his area in Tennessee tonight. This inspired me to make a post about snowy weather words.
Snowstorm – The schools will be closed tomorrow because of the big snowstorm tonight.
Sleet – This is snow that melts in the sky and refreezes before it hits the ground into little ice pellets.
Freezing Rain – This is snow that melts into water while it’s falling to the ground and then will freeze once it hits the ground because the ground is below the freezing point. Last night we had freezing rain and now the roads are all slick.
Hail – This is NOT winter weather. This is similar to sleet, but it happens in the summer from Thunderstorms. We had golf ball sized hail and it dented the hood of my car.
Snow flurries – This is very light snow. My children were disappointed that we only had snow flurries today and they couldn’t build a snowman.
Wind chill factor – This is when the wind makes it feel colder than it actually is. Wow, it sure feels cold out here. I’m sure it’s due to the wind chill factor.
Frost – ice crystals. I woke up in the morning and there was frost all over the grass.
Blizzard – a huge snowstorm with lots of wind.
A blanket of snow – I woke up in the morning, looked out my window and I saw a huge blanket of snow.