What is Type of Precipitation?

Type of Precipitation categorizes the form of precipitation expected at ground level, such as rain, snow, sleet, or freezing rain. The determination is based on the atmospheric conditions, including temperature profiles and moisture content. 

It is possible to calculate an expected precipitation type based on the atmospheric profile even if precipitation is not forecast. This simply represents the expected type of precipitation to occur in those conditions. Be sure to use additional information about the likelihood and presence of precipitation when making decisions.

What is the impact of the Type of Precipitation?

The precipitation type forecast is critical to understanding the potential weather impacts and is one of the most important aspects of a weather forecast.  The type and timing of precipitation drives public, government, and business decision-making on necessary preparations and response actions for weather events. Different actions will need to be taken based on the type of precipitation.