ice pellets

noun Meteorology.
precipitation consisting of particles of ice less than 0.2 inches (5 mm) in diameter, occurring either as frozen raindrops or as small hailstones.
Compare hail2 ( def 1 ), sleet, snow pellets.
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Also called ice pellets snow: noun: precipitation made of ice crystals.
Also called ice pellets hail: noun: precipitation that falls as ice.
When the layer of cold air is thick enough, the falling rain freezes into ice
  pellets, which are also called sleet.
Sleet:Rain drops that freeze into ice pellets before reaching the ground.
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