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Light snow, ice slides into Northeast, storm threatens Plains

A winter storm that socked the Midwest last week moved across the Northeast on Monday, bringing light snow, ice and rain to the region, forecasters said. 

The wintry mix hit from eastern Pennsylvania through southern New England, The Weather Channel reported. Major accumulations of snow were not anticipated.

Snowfall of up to 3 inches is possible from central and northern New York through central and northern New England.

The weather will change to sleet and freezing rain in southern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, and roads could be slick.

Morning sleet and freezing rain forecast to become afternoon rain in western Virginia, central and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

The mixture of freezing rain and sleet in the Northeast follows a weekend of disruption in the Midwest, with many flights in and out of Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis being grounded by icy runways on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Hundreds of churches across Iowa cancelled Sunday services as sidewalks were turned to sheets of ice by the storm that covered the region, Reuters said.

Meanwhile, a storm bringing rain to the southwest Monday was expected to move into the southern Plains and southern half of the Mississippi Valley on Tuesday.

Damaging wind gusts, hail and tornadoes are possible from eastern Oklahoma and northeast Texas to central and southern Illinois, western Kentucky, western Tennessee, northwest Mississippi and northern Louisiana Tuesday.

In the northern Plains, as many as 4 to 6 inches of precipitation was expected from eastern North Dakota to northern Minnesota Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

Elsewhere, heavy mountain snows and strong winds were forecast in mountain areas across the West that will result in significant drifting snow, which has prompted an avalanche watch for a portion of the Colorado Rockies.