Cold Weather Terminology By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 1/5/2016 Between the Polar Vortex, El Nino, derecho and other great fun names, I thought it maybe a good time to review some standard terms that are associated with winter weather and what they really mean. Freezing rain – Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines. Sleet – Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery. Winter weather advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening. Winter storm watch – A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio, commercial radio or local television for more information. Winter storm warning – A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area. Blizzard warning – Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer. Frost/freeze warning – Below-freezing temperatures are expected. Thanks for reading. I prefer sunny and 70 degrees, how about you?