Posted by:Buckey2745, 2:48 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
The weekend promised to be an interesting one with a multiple clipper storm system rolling through our area. However, even an all day snow Saturday couldn't bring us the snowfall totals I predicted.
With no areas in Ohio getting more than 2" it wasn't even worth a snow total map. Here in Canal Winchester we got a very minor 1" from the event.
Monday, February 4th Clipper It may be unfair to call today's storm a clipper system. It originated in Canada and has the quick-hitter aspects of a clipper, but this storm has enough of a southern characteristic that it may even pull a little gulf moisture.
Usually with clippers we see the low pressure center slide down from Wisconsin or Lake Michigan. This one is centered over southern Illinois this morning, making for a more difficult forecast due to the nature of the moisture placement:
The GFS above surprisingly seems to have the best hold on this system. A northern stream of moisture and a southern stream of moisture appear to be present with this storm, and the potential exists for those two masses to combine at some point, but it appears this could be east of our area.
Just the threat of this storm has already brought out our sixth Advisory of the season:
Where you see the advisories would be a safe bet where we will actually see the most decent snow from this event. Snow will fill in north to south, and because of the two distinct areas of moisture, the southern part of our state may not see much at all.
That being said, this storm will really be a tough one to forecast. The NWS says "2-4 inches" but I really can't see the high end of that forecast being realized. I've been on either side of the forecast lately, but this time I'm staying conservative and saying Canal Winchester will get 2" of snow. The meaningful accumulations will be northeast of Columbus:
Yet another clipper may affect our area tomorrow. I'll follow up in the morning with more.