Term: Ice storm Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: An ice storm is used to describe occasions when damaging accumulations of ice are expected during freezing rain situations. Significant accumulations of ice pull down trees and utility lines resulting in loss of power and communication. These accumulations of ice make walking and driving extremely dangerous. Significant ice accumulations are usually accumulations of  NOAA-NWS 

A storm characterized by a fall of freezing liquid precipitation. The attendant formation of glaze on terrestrial objects creates many hazards. (Also called silver storm.)  AMSglossary 

Intense formation of ice on objects by the freezing, on impact, of rain or drizzle. syn. glaze storm  WMOMeteoterm