Snow – Fluffy snow, very dry, lots of it. 1 inch of liquid equals up to 15 inches of fluffy snow. Fluffy snow is easier to shovel.
Normal snow, 1 inch of liquid equals about 10 inches of it. Normal amount of shoveling.
Wet snow, very heavy. 1 inch of liquid equals about 5 inches of it. Bad for the back when shoveling. Only 5 inches of wet snow could cause power outages.
Sleet – Sleet is when the precipitation starts as a snowflake, melts but freezes before landing on the ground. It is slippery and crunchy. 1 inch of liquid equals about 2 inches of sleet.
Freezing Rain – Freezing rain is very dangerous. It may look as if a surface is wet but once you go on the surface it turns out to be ice. 1 inch of liquid equals about 1 inch of freezing rain. Harder to shovel. The precipitation starts as snow or ice but melts in the air, when it lands on the ground it freezes, so only with direct contact to a surface it will freeze.
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