Waves of snow to aim for eastern US early this week
By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
January 29, 2017, 2:33:23 PM EST
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Rounds of disruptive snow will threaten to cause slippery travel across the eastern US early this week.
The first storm, known as an Alberta Clipper, will spread snow showers across the mid-Atlantic into Monday. A stronger clipper storm will follow with more disruptive snow across the Upper Midwest and Northeast from Monday to Wednesday.
Nuisance snow to coat the East into Monday
Poorly-organized flurries and snow showers will drop southward from the Midwest to the central and southern Appalachians and mid-Atlantic into Monday morning.
With the snow tending to be light and spotty in nature, the most far-reaching impacts will be a few flurries to a quick coating to an inch of snow on the ground. Still, it only takes a small amount of snow to cause slippery spots on roadways.
The central and southern Appalachians and Delmarva will be at greatest risk for a steady, accumulating snow.
Wintry weather will survive the journey east of the mountains and deliver a quick coating to an inch of snow by Monday morning from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.
As the storm gains strength after exiting the coast, steady snow will develop across the Delmarva and southern New Jersey where several inches of snow can pile up. Snow could also brush Long Island and Nantucket before racing out to sea.
Motorists along this corridor could face slick spots and a slower-than-normal commute to start the new week.
Potent storm to follow this week
The second storm threatens to spread a more widespread swath of accumulating snow and travel disruptions.
“This storm will be stronger than the one expected to move through the mid-Atlantic Sunday night into Monday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve D. Travis said.
Areas across the Great Lakes and Northeast that miss out on snow from the first storm may not be spared the second time around.
Snow will spread across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday before blanketing the Great Lakes and Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday.
Cities that could see snowflakes flying from the early-week storm include Minneapolis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York City and Boston.
Enough snow to shovel and cause slippery roadways may fall along this swath.
“After the lake-effect snow this weekend over western Pennsylvania and New York, this clipper will bring more widespread snowfall across the region with several inches of snow possible from Erie to Buffalo and eastward to Albany,” Travis said.
As the storm strengthens and gathers wind, blowing and drifting snow can result and further reduce visibility.
“Travel will be difficult at times,” according to Travis.
Travel interests from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast will need to monitor the storm closely and be prepared for weather-related travel disruptions early next week.
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