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- n. Rain which freezes upon contact with the ground.
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The first light siftings of snow were washed away by frigid downpours that changed to sleet or freezing rain with the cooling temperatures of evening.
Those were the days before satellites and weather-predicting supercomputers, and as the ag man traveled he began to encounter some unexpected elements, first in the form of fast-moving clouds, then a light freezing rain turning to snow.
With the rum and bread and jerky they took from the troopers, the eleven men fought their way through miles of freezing rain forest and came out at the whaling station of Hobart, where they stole a longboat and set off across the Tasman Sea without food, water or sails.
After a frustrating between-season period of weeks, when snow and freezing rain alternate, the winter collapses into wetness.