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Old 02-10-20, 02:26 PM
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That is the effect of what's known as supercooling. It's the same thing that causes freezing rain. In the midwest, ice storms from freezing rain is about as common as regular snow, but much more dangerous.

Nothing like having to chip through 1/4 ice covering your car just to get in. Then wait 20 mins while it warms up enough to start scraping the ice off..... I hated living in the midwest.

Pure water, if kept very still and undisturbed, can be cooled a few degrees below freezing and remain liquid. At that point, the slightest disturbance or slight impurity will cause it to freeze very quickly, almost instantly. It's pretty neat, actually....from a distance.

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