Freezing rain creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
“Sleet” is rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground and causes roads to freeze and become slippery.
When below freezing temperatures are expected a frost/freeze warning is issued.
When cold temperatures with ice and snow are expected, a winter weather advisory is issued.
A winter storm watch is when hazardous winter weather conditions – such as snow greater than 6 inches in 24 hours, winds gusting over 35 mph, or visibility – less than a 1/4 mile – are expected in the next 12 to 36 hours.