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    Elliot Abrams

    Cold Winds Crush a Brief Warmup

    By Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather chief meteorologist
    2/19/2013, 5:31:58 AM

    Tuesday 9 a.m.

    A storm moving northeastward through the upper Great Lakes will move to Labrador by Thursday. South winds sent temperatures into the 40s from Chicago to Buffalo ahead of the storm, but the cold front whipping around the south side of the storm quickly put an end to any semblance of mildness. In Chicago, the temperature was 47 degrees at 7 last night, but only 16 degrees at 7 a.m. today. The change won't be quite as drastic when the cold front clears the East Coast last tonight, but tomorrow and Thursday will feel quite a bit chillier than today in the I-95 corridor.

    Despite the warming trend, snow, sleet and freezing rain broke out this morning from the higher elevations of southwestern New York on south through the middle of Pennsylvania and into West Virginia. In State College, Pa., an icy assortment of sleet, freezing rain and snow came in quickly enough to cause school delays. This picture taken outside the accuweather.com employee lounge clearly shows evidence of rain mixed with snow. For the I-95 corridor, mostly rain is likely later today.


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

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