Definitions for "FREEZING RAIN"
A type of precipitation. Occurs when liquid rain hits a cold surface and then immediately freezes into ice. For this to occur, a surface temperature inversion is usually required. In such an inversion, the surface must have a temperature below freezing, while the temperature of the atmosphere where the precipitation forms is above freezing.
Rain that falls as a liquid but freezes into glaze upon contact with the ground.
Rain that turns to ice as it strikes cold objects or the cold ground.