Often the most dangerous type of winter precipitation is freezing rain. Freezing rain occurs when snowflakes fall into a warm layer of air causing them to melt into rain droplets. Similarly to how sleet is formed, the rain droplets then fall into a cold layer of air. However, instead of fully freezing in a deep layer of cold air, the raindrops are super-cooled in a shallow layer of cold air. While the droplets do not freeze into pellets, they do reach freezing temperatures. As a result, the droplets freeze on contact with road surfaces, trees, cars, and most anything else it contacts.
Finally, one of the rarer types of winter precipitation is graupel. Graupel is created by raindrops falling through, or mixing with, a layer of snowflakes. The water droplets accumulate the snowflakes around them, creating a soft pellet as opposed to a harder sleet pellet.