What's the difference between sleet and freezing rain?

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – With all the chatter about freezing rain and sleet, you might be wondering what the difference is between the two meteorological phenomena.

Here's a primer:

Sleet or ice pallets look like little balls of ice. It's NOT the same thing as hail. Here's what they look like:

Freezing rain, meanwhile, is exactly what it sounds like: rain that turns solid upon hitting a very cold surface.

Want to know what causes sleet and freezing rain? Check out the graphic below:

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