Clipper to Bring Light Snow to Parts of the East

By Matt Alto, Meteorologist
February 02, 2013; 3:45 AM
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A quick-moving Alberta Clipper will spread light snow from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday night.

The fast-moving storm system dove southward through the Upper Midwest on Friday evening and into the western Great Lakes early on Saturday morning. In the wake of the system, it left a general coating to an inch or two of snow across parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

The storm system will continue to spread eastward into the interior Northeast and Ohio Valley on Saturday, bringing a nuisance snow to cities like Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to name a few.

During the late afternoon and evening hours, the snow showers will begin to approach the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to New York City. The snow will also spread into the Adirondacks and portions of northern New England.

A general 1-3 inches of snow will be possible in these areas with higher amounts possible downwind of some of the lakes.

Snow will also move into the southern and central Appalachians late on Saturday morning and early on Saturday afternoon. The snow will be heavy at times across the mountains of West Virginia and parts of southwestern Pennsylvania where a total of 3-6 inches of snow will fall.

The snow accumulations will make for slick and snow-covered roads as well as slow travel. Visibilities will be reduced as well, requiring extra caution and leaving greater distances between vehicles while moving.

As the storm system continues to move towards and eventually off the mid-Atlantic coastline on Saturday night, very light snow will fall from Virginia northward into southern New England. In general, a coating to perhaps an inch of snow is expected in areas east of the Appalachians in these areas.

In the wake of the clipper, bands of lake-effect snow will be possible yet again downwind of the open waters of the Great Lakes.

Another fast-moving clipper moving into the northern Plains on Saturday will dive southward into the Great Lakes on Sunday, bringing some of the same areas more light snow. However, it appears this clipper will be weaker and will track farther to the north.

Rounds of nuisance clipper systems will continue into the middle of next week.

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