Topic – Rain and Sleet

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Rain and Sleet

Rain is a liquid that falls from the sky. If the weather is cold enough, rain can freeze and become a solid. Rain can become freezing rain, sleet, or hail. Sleet is tiny pellets of ice that is sometimes mixed with rain or snow. Hail is balls of ice.

When freezing rain falls, sidewalks and roads become very icy. You have to walk very carefully so you do not slip and fall.

Icy Times

Freezing rain and sleet can affect people in many ways. Driving a car is very difficult when roads are covered with sleet. The roads are icy and slippery.

Freezing rain can also damage trees. Branches coated with ice can be very heavy. That can make them break off and fall.

Layers of ice can also build up on electrical wires. They may also break and fall down. That means homes and other buildings would not have power.

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