When temperatures are above freezing, we get rain.
Below freezing, the rain falls through warm air to freezing air and we get freezing rain as the droplets come into contact with freezing surfaces.
Sleet is precipitation in the form of ice pellets created by brief thawing and refreezing.
Finally, all snow when the air is cold at all levels.
Pretty to look at, but even a little snow can cause driving problems. Know your winter driving tips.
Make certain your tires have adequate tread and correct air pressures.
Remove snow and ice from windows, lights and mirrors.
If you skid, don’t accelerate or brake hard. Get out of the throttle slowly, turn into the direction of the skid to regain control.
One of the tricker winter treats is black ice. You don’t see it. Reduce your speed and give yourself more distance between the vehicle in front of you.
Black ice isn’t black. It’s a thin layer of ice practically transparent, hard to spot. It makes roads very slippery.
If you hit a patch, get out of the throttle and don’t jam on the breaks. You’ll regain control as your vehicle slows.
Black ice is most likely to appear first on bridges and overpasses, due to the cold air under the road surface.