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    Weekend Clipper to Bring Nuisance Snow from Midwest to Northeast

    By By Matt Alto, Meteorologist
    February 04, 2013, 3:12:37 AM EST

    As chilly, arctic air remains in place from the Upper Midwest into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast into early next week, a series of weak storm systems will bring the chance for a few rounds of light accumulating snow.

    According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, "a series of weak storms originating from western Canada, known as Alberta Clippers, will attempt to spread areas of accumulating snow and flurries from the Midwest to New England and the mid-Atlantic."

    These Alberta Clippers will ride along the jet stream which will be draped across the Eastern part of the nation this weekend. It is this dip in the jet stream which will keep the cold air in place into early next week as well.

    The first of a series of clippers, the weekend clipper, will begin to move from western Canada Friday and into the northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Saturday.


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    The storm will quickly take a turn towards the east on Sunday across the Great Lakes and into the interior Northeast by Sunday afternoon.

    A general coating to an inch or two of snow will be possible from the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes into parts of the Northeast.

    Higher snowfall totals will be found across the central Appalachians, where 3-6 inches of white stuff will fall in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. Locally higher amounts may be possible.

    While the snow from the weekend clipper won't be noteworthy, it will be a nuisance for those traveling across these regions. The light snow will be enough to cause slippery travel in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh just to name a few.

    In the wake of the system, lake-effect snow will briefly kick in, leading to additional light accumulations in the favored snowbelts.


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    As the storm system slides toward the Northeast coast Sunday night, low pressure will begin to form and deepen off the southern New England coast.

    While there remains a bit of uncertainty of how this low will evolve, it is possible that this offshore low may bring periods of snow to portions of New England as it taps into moisture in the western Atlantic.

    A few inches of accumulation will be possible with this solution, with the highest accounts likely closer to the southern and southeastern coasts of New England closer to the low.

    Another possibility is that the bulk of the moisture remains offshore, leaving just light snow showers and flurries across the region. AccuWeather will have more details on how this system will play out in the coming days.

    As this area of low pressure slides off to the north and east early next week, another round of light snow will be possible across the Midwest and Great Lakes on Monday as another quickly dives southward from Canada. Yet another clipper will be right on its heels for Tuesday, once again affecting the same areas.

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