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This Week: Snowy North, Central Warmup

Chris Dolce | TWC
Published: February 3, 2013

The new week ahead will feature snow clipping the northern tier states, while a warmup takes shape in the central and southern U.S. In the West, a pattern change is on the horizon. Let's start with the snowy details first.

Clipper Pattern Brings Bursts of Snow

Background

Monday's Snow

Monday's Snow

Monday's Snow

Monday's Snow

A weather pattern featuring what meteorologists call clipper systems began over the weekend. 

In general, clipper systems dive southeastward from western Canada into the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast at a very fast pace with light to moderate snows during the winter. Sometimes these disturbances can be accompanied by gusty winds and reinforcing cold air.

We will see a couple of these so-called clippers to start this week.

If you are in the regions highlighted in our forecast below, be prepared for winter driving conditions at times and the potential for reduced visibility from these quick bursts of snow.

Clipper #1 - The first clipper system will bring snow to parts of the upper-Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes Sunday night. The clipper will then head east across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and central Appalachians on Monday and eventually the Mid-Atlantic Monday evening. Given these are fast-moving disturbances with little moisture, accumulations will generally range from a dusting to three inches. Some spots could see up to four inches of snow.

(CITIES AFFECTED: Chicago | Cincinnati | Indianapolis | D.C. | Philadelphia)

Background

Snow Forecast: Next 48 Hours

Snow Forecast: Next 48 Hours

Snow Forecast: Next 48 Hours

Snow Forecast: Next 48 Hours

Clipper #2 - Another weak low-pressure system with light snow will dive southeastward into Minnesota and North Dakota beginning Monday night. Tuesday, the light snow will spread across the Great Lakes and possibly the Northeast Tuesday night into early Wednesday. It remains to be seen how much moisture this system will have left once it moves into the Northeast Tuesday night. We'll keep an eye on it for possible light accumulations as far east as New York City.

(CITIES AFFECTED: Chicago | Detroit | Milwaukee | Minneapolis)

Late in the week, yet another low-pressure system may clip the northern tier with more snow.

From this wintry feel we go to a part of the country where you may be getting visions of spring.


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