I think today is the coldest day we have had so far this winter! It's only just above zero degrees but the sun is shining and it looks beautiful outside. I still wish I didn't have to go out and could stay inside in the warm! Anyway, here is some winter vocabulary for you!
Hail is balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain.
frost (n) / frosty (adj)
This is when small white ice crystals form on surfaces.
When snow and rain fall together, this is called sleet.
This means extremely cold.
When water has turned to ice (or something is cooled to below zero until it is hard and solid), it is frozen.
To turn from water to ice.
When ice turns to water, it melts. It's the opposite of freeze.
Slush is partially melted snow, or a mixture of snow and water.
We use this word to describe when the weather gets warmer, the ice starts to melt and the ground softens. It can also be used to describe what happens to food when you take it out of the freezer.
the thaw (n)
For places which have snow and ice all winter, the thaw is the time of year when the weather gets warmer, the ice melts and the ground softens, usually in late winter or spring.
When the ground is slippery, it's easy to fall over. Ice is slippery.
This is a long piece of ice which hangs from a roof or tree, for example.
mist (n) / misty (adj)
Mist is when there is a cloud of water droplets in the air, making it difficult to see into the distance.
fog (n) / foggy (adj)
This is like mist but much worse. You can only see ahead a short distance.
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