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    Elliot Abrams

    Large Storm Advances Toward Northeast

    By Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather chief meteorologist
    2/26/2013, 6:35:50 AM

    Tuesday 10 a.m.

    The strong storm that brought wind-whipped heavy snow to Amarillo, flooding rain from parts of the Gulf states to the Carolinas and an assortment of other ingredients in between is now heading toward the Northeast region. When rain moved into the the higher elevations of western North Carolina this morning, damaging freezing rain broke out in some communities. However, in general, the air mass ahead of this storm is nowhere near as cold as the air masses that were in place for previous storms. Therefore, rain is likely to be dominant through much of Pennsylvania, the lower elevations of New York state and much of central and southern New England.

    Once the storm slowly moves away, the Northeast should have an extended period of chilly weather. While not extremely cold, it will become more unseasonable because the long-term average temperatures are trending higher from now into summertime. In parts of the Middle Atlantic states, tomorrow may be about as mild as it gets any time in the next couple of weeks. Later this week, the chilly air mass will be fairly moist, and we may see snow showers lining the Appalachians.

    Here are today's videos, one for the Northeast, and the second focusing on Chicago

    Waiting for the snow; anticipating spring: Wrigley Field at 10 a.m. CST:

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    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

    Elliot Abrams