- Snowflakes form high in the sky!
- There is an area between 4,000-8,000 feet that is ABOVE freezing.
- Snowflakes melt to raindrops there.
- From 4,000 feet to the ground, we are below freezing.
- The raindrops FREEZE into little ice pellets.
- If they do not have time to freeze, they land as liquid and glaze exposed surfaces with ice.
Here's a great map that shows the "liquid equivalent" of PREDOMINANT precipitation type for tonight. Orange is sleet (ice pellets), pink is freezing rain (Ice glaze), blue is snow, and green is rain. Click to enlarge:
Here's what to watch though! IF the atmosphere cools that melting layer between 4-8K feet to at or below freezing, it will change to all snow. If that happens early, we could have a dumping of snow. That's what we are watching tonight! Fun, right?