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Glaze Ice

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Midwest Ice Storm 2007

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Definition: During an ice storm, the thick, clear coating of ice covering surfaces is known as glaze or glaze ice. It is formed when supercooled water droplets known as freezing rain come in contact with cold surfaces on the ground. It is one of the most hazardous types of winter precipitation. Surfaces coated with glaze are very slick and the ice is heavy often causing damages to plants, trees, buildings, and powerlines.

Also Known As: Glaze or freezing rain ice
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