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Snow to sweep across northeastern US into midweek

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
February 01, 2017, 4:48:39 AM EST


    A quick-hitting snowstorm spreading across the northeastern United States will bring slippery road conditions and delays into the middle of the week.

    The swift nature of this storm and its path designates this storm as an Alberta Clipper.

    “The name is due to their origin in western Canada and because of their quick pace, like the Clipper ships of years past,” explained AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael LeSeney.

    This fast-moving storm dropped snow across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan during Monday and Monday night. Up to 5 inches of snow fell in Minnesota.

    Just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the National Weather Service reported 3 inches of snowfall over the course of just two hours on Monday evening.

    Static Additional snowfall NE 3 pm


    “Accumulating snow will be relatively brief, lasting six hours or less in most places, due to the storm’s rapid trek southeastward,” LeSeney said.

    The heaviest area of snow will be relatively narrow. A north to south distance of a mere 25 miles could result in snowfall varying from a coating to a few inches of snow throughout the path of the storm into Wednesday.

    Snow and slippery roads forced officials to close schools in Detroit and Cleveland for Tuesday. From 1 to 4 inches of snow fell on both cities during the early morning hours.

    Newark International Airport and LaGuardia Airport reported arriving flights were delayed over two hours and one hour respectively, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Similar to bursts of snow for the Upper Midwest, a period of heavy snow on the order of 3 to 6 inches streaked eastward across central and northern Pennsylvania to near the New York state border on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

    In advance of the storm, some schools in central Pennsylvania first delayed school, then closed for the day Tuesday.

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    Around New York City, accumulating snow has ended from the storm. However, some slippery spots can develop as untreated wet areas Tuesday night.

    Although this clipper will move into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, snow is likely to linger throughout much of upstate New York and New England.

    Static P. Lang. Wed NE US


    The steadiest snow will fall over parts of southern Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Slippery travel is in store from Concord, New Hampshire, to Bangor and Portland, Maine.

    Travel along portions of I-87, I-95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike can be slow and slippery.

    Lake-effect snow showers and squalls will occur from the central Appalachians to the central and lower Great Lakes. Any snow squall could rapidly reduce visibility to near-zero and increase the threat for vehicle pileups.

    Additional storms will follow during early February. One storm will roll eastward this weekend. During next week, two major storms are likely to affect the Central and Eastern states.

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