Term: Sleet Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: (1) (United States) frozen raindrops that bind on impact with the ground (2) (elsewhere) a mix of rain and snow, a mix of rain and hail, or melting snow.  NSIDCCryosphere 

(PL) - Sleet is defined as pellets of ice composed of frozen or mostly frozen raindrops or refrozen partially melted snowflakes. These pellets of ice usually bounce after hitting the ground or other hard surfaces. Heavy sleet is a relatively rare event defined as an accumulation of ice pellets covering the ground to a depth of ' or more.  NOAA-NWS 

Depending on the region, precipitation of rain and snow mixed, or rain and hail, or rain and ice pellets, or melting snow, or sudden and briel rainfall with wind and hail.  WMOMeteoterm 

Generally refers to a mixture of rain and snow or falling snow that is melting into rain.  AustraliaBoM 

Precipitation of mixed rain and snow, mixed rain and hail or snow melting as it falls.  WMOHydrology 

1. See ice pellets. 2. In British terminology, and colloquially in some parts of the United States, precipitation in the form of a mixture of rain and snow.  AMSglossary 

See ice pellets.  PhysicalGeography 

Precipitation of snow and rain together, or of snow melting as it falls.  SPRI