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    Ground surface icing

    I have found 'ground surface icing' in a dictionary when looking for a description of the weather phenomenon when it's very slippery because the ground is covered with ice. Is there a shorter word to describe this weather condition?

    For example, what word or collocation can be used instead of the ground surface icing in the following conversation?

    - Is it cold out?
    - Yes, and there's
    ground surface icing. So be careful.

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    #2

    Re: Ground surface icing

    I don't suppose it's the same as black ice, is it?

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    #3

    Re: Ground surface icing

    I'm quite sure that englishhobby is looking for this particular term.
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    Re: Ground surface icing

    "Ground surface icing" sounds odd to me. Usually we just say "It's icy", or "The road/sidewalk/ground is icy". The fact that it's slippery is implied in the warning of ice.

    If it's especially slippery, you'll sometimes hear people caution you that "It is (very/extremely) slick".

    'Black ice' is usually used as a warning for driving conditions.
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    Re: Ground surface icing

    The phrase "ground surface icing" is used in aviation weather reports to distinguish it from flight-surface icing (i.e., ice forming on the flight surfaces of aircraft). In AmE, dangerous road ice may be called black ice, glare ice, or just ​ice.
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    Re: Ground surface icing

    I have heard weather forecasters in the UK say "There might be some surface ice" if they want to warn motorists about the potential conditions the next morning. I believe they are referring to what most of us still call "black ice". I'm not sure why the change in terminology came about - it's either that the forecasters use more "technical" terms or there's a chance that it's another example of political correctness.
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    Re: Ground surface icing

    It's just ice. Frozen water.

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    Re: Ground surface icing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    It's just ice. Frozen water.
    So, if you know there's ice on ther street how would you warn someone who is going out?

    1) Be careful! There's ice on the road.
    2) Be careful! There's black ice/ glare ice on the road.
    3) Be careful! ...?
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    #9

    Re: Ground surface icing

    "The streets are icy" is how I would put it.

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    Re: Ground surface icing

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    So, if you know there's ice on ther street how would you warn someone who is going out?

    1) Be careful! There's ice on the road.
    2) Be careful! There's black ice/ glare ice on the road.
    3) Be careful! ...?
    I would use the first one. Also possible:

    Be careful! The streets and sidewalks are icy.

    And I might add:

    Be careful! It's the ice you don't see that will make you fall.

    (I once drove us home on icy streets. I had to drive very slowly. (At one point I got a little impatient and almost hit a parked car.) (That was when we were living in St. Louis.))

    (Ice is, of course, clear and has no color.)

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