How can it rain when it's below freezing?

December 10, 2008

Erica's Answer:

The air temperature at the surface is below the freezing mark, but the air just a little bit higher above ground is warmer. So, rain is falling into a very shallow pool of cold air. Usually the rain will turn to ice as it touches the ground, tree branches, power lines, etc. If you're ever in a situation where everything around you is coated with ice, this is a freezing rain situation!

- Erica

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