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    Northeast Wednesday: A Little Slick, a Little Slip

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    December 21, 2011, 8:20:19 AM EST

    A minor wintry mix event is in store for northern, normally colder, areas of the Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday.

    The storm hitting the southern and central Plains as a near blizzard Tuesday will not be the same whopper of a storm by the time it reaches the Northeast.

    The storm has peaked over Kansas. As the storm moves eastward it will encounter a warmer atmosphere over the Midwest and Northeast.

    According to Winter Weather Expert Brian Wimer, "Cold air will give up the ship rather easily in the Northeast with this storm Tuesday and Wednesday."

    Wimer is concerned about a few stubborn pockets of cold air hanging on across the northern tier of Pennsylvania, upstate New York and interior New England.

    "There can (be) slippery spots in these areas for a while, but by the time most of the decent precipitation arrives, it will be too warm for snow or ice," Wimer said.

    The storm will actually reorganize in the Northeast. One center will move into the eastern Great Lakes and weaken, while a new center forms along the New England coast.

    However, it appears this restructuring will happen too little, too late for the storm to pull down fresh cold air and bring a great deal of snow.

    A stronger and somewhat colder storm may hit a large part of the Northeast with accumulating snow during the Christmas weekend.

    This will be a rain event for the I-95 cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Mass and Portland, Maine.

    Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams remarked that this type of moist pattern favors fog in the I-95 zone.

    "Fog and low cloud ceilings could result in substantial flight delays later tonight and Wednesday," Abrams said.

    Black Ice Awareness

    We do want to remind folks not to take the recent warmth and upcoming rainy weather for granted.

    While most paved and concrete surfaces are warmer than usual given the autumn weather, ice can form on exposed surfaces when the air temperature is a bit above freezing.

    Not all surfaces are warm, especially those that shaded from the sun and dry air can cause moist surfaces to become icy from the late afternoon to the night and into the morning rush hour.

    Each year the AccuWeather.com Forensics Team handles dozens of slip and fall and icy road incidents. Don't become another painful statistic this winter.

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