Another Clipper

It seems this has been the winter of the “Clipper” here in Maryland. We’ve had to deal with a few of these fast moving areas of low pressure that zip in from the northwest. Frequently referred to as “Alberta Clippers” since they commonly originate in Alberta, Canada, they don’t produce the very heavy snow of a storm that tracks up the coast, simply because they are coming from drier territories. A look at the 500 millibar upper level weather chart this morning shows the northwest flow of air that is delivering the clipper and the cold. This system should bring a dry, powdery 2-4″ of snow to many areas of central and eastern Maryland before clearing the coast early this evening. As the storm crosses the Appalachian mountains, the extra lift provided when the air rides up the western slopes, will help to squeeze out a couple more inches for those locations. A nice 5-8″ snowfall seems likely for the ridges of western Maryland, West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania.

Tom Tasselmyer


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