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This article is about the mixture of solid and liquid snow. For other uses of the term "slush", see slush .


Slush is a slurry mixture of snow and liquid water. In the natural environment, slush forms as ice or snow melts. This often mixes with dirt and other materials, resulting in a gray or muddy brown color. Often, solid ice or snow will block the drainage of fluid water from slushy areas, so slush often goes through multiple freeze/thaw cycles before completely disappearing. In areas where road salt is used to clear roadways, slush forms at colder temperatures than it would ordinarily, and only in salted areas; this can produce a number of different consistencies over the same geographical area.

Hazards

Slush can be a problem on aircraft runways as the effect of excess slush acting on the aircraft's wheels can have a retarding effect during take off, causing accidents such as the Munich air disastermarker. Similarly slush on roads increases the braking distances for cars and trucks, increasing the possibility of rear end crashes and other accidents.

Slushfall or slushing is the action of a wet snow falling from the sky.


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