Red is familiar with freezing rain and sleet. But had never seen “ice pellets” in the forecast until yesterday. With Winter Storm Inga upon us, Red figured he had better check it out. Turns out that ice pellets is just another name for sleet.
Ice pellets are a form of precipitation. They are small, translucent or clear balls of ice. Ice pellets are rain drops that have frozen before they hit the ground. When they hit the ground, they bounce. Ice pellets are also called sleet and can be accompanied by freezing rain.
Thanks to the Weather Guys in Wisconsin who know way more about such matters than warm weather Red.