Weather School: Sleet

Meteorologist Michael Page explains sleet.
Last week Meteorologist Michael Page described freezing rain, and this week he explains sleet.

Like freezing rain, sleet begins way up in the cloud as snow. The snow then falls into a warm layer where it melts. Once it gets near the surface, another cold layer freezes the rain into tiny ice that you may hear ping off your car or house- that's sleet.

The thermal profile for freezing rain and sleet is very similar, but the cold layer near the surface is thicker for sleet. That's why the precipitation can refreeze, as opposed to freezing rain which doesn't freeze until making contact with a surface.

Do you have a weather question? E-mail Michael (mpage@fox44now.com) and he may answer it on-air!
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