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Official Winter Starts With a Big Warmup in the East

December 19, 2013; 10:36 AM ET

Thursday 10:45 a.m.

This video shows the forecast from today through Christmas Day.

Southwesterly flow from the Gulf to southern New England will last four days. In most areas that have snow, only the grimy hills of residue in parking lots will be the last monuments attesting to the recent weather pattern. A relatively weak low pressure area will move through the Great Lakes then to northern New England to establish the boundary separating truly mild air from chilly air to the north.

A second storm developing in the southern Plains Saturday will move to eastern Canada by Monday night. This storm may cause heavy snow from parts of Kansas to central Wisconsin. On the east side of the storm, violent thunderstorms can erupt, and substantial rain will affect the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes. Temperatures will reach at least the 60s this weekend all the way to and perhaps past New York City. However, from extreme northern New England into adjacent Canada, expect heavy snow and/or ice.

Some of you have submitted weather photos and graphics that we really enjoy. One person with a keen eye for how to visualize weather and climate events is Ralph Fato of Connecticut, who graciously allowed me to use this graphic about snowfall.

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Elliot Abrams
Elliot Abrams from AccuWeather.com offers this Northeast Weather Blog for the U.S. with regular updates on NE weather from a leading forecaster and meteorologist.