A rapidly developing weather system is predicted to bring a swath of precipitation ranging from rain to snow across a broad section of the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days.
The inclement weather is associated with an Alberta Clipper, a type of storm that originates over the Canadian province of Alberta and progresses speedily south-eastward around the Great Lakes region and into the Northeast. These fast-moving disturbances are known for their ability to produce a quick burst of snow as cold air filters in behind them.
Who is at Risk?
This specific clipper is projected to initially take shape over North Dakota on Monday before traversing the Upper Midwest Monday night. By early Tuesday, the snowy side of the storm will overspread parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Illinois. Although accumulations should remain under three inches for most, slippery travel is probable during the Tuesday morning commute around cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
As the moisture-laden system continues its southward push Tuesday, rain and snow showers will overtake locations from Iowa and northern Missouri to northern Indiana and northwest Ohio. A coating of snow is probable on colder grassy and elevated surfaces, but major travel impacts are not expected. However, the snow could briefly reduce visibility and result in some slick patches on roadways.
By Tuesday night, the main swath of snow and rain will have reached the interior Northeast from western New York State to northern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Totals of up to three inches are forecasted around cities such as Buffalo, New York, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. The precipitation may start briefly as wet snow before transitioning to rain, even in some valley locations, limiting accumulations.
Simultaneously, areas closer to the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to New York City will mainly observe periods of rainfall as the storm begins to lose its wintry punch. Nonetheless, wet weather early Wednesday could slow the morning rush hour.
The Alberta clipper is predicted to continue its swift trek into the North Atlantic by Wednesday. In its wake, blustery and chillier conditions are likely from the Midwest into the Northeast for the second half of the week.