Weekend Clipper

One of those “clipper” weather systems will be dashing across the area this weekend. It will be a close call for Maryland with only Garrett County expecting to receive any significant snowfall this time around.

The satellite image above shows the storm’s position in the early afternoon Saturday, December 4. The low pressure center associated with the storm will move across the Carolinas Saturday night. Accumulating snowfall from the storm is expected well south of the Baltimore area.

The image above depicts estimated snowfall as of Tuesday morning from the clipper and the lake effect snows that follow. The computer model that generated the estimate indicates that some of the ridges in western Garrett County could receive close to a foot of snow while the Baltimore area would receive nothing measurable. This model does not account for the trace amounts of snow in the form of flurries that could fall in Baltimore Saturday evening.

The clipper is expected to intensify once out over the Atlantic and windy conditions in the wake of the storm will likely be in the area into early next week. Those winds will likely generate lake effect snow squalls and you will notice the impressive snow estimates for the lee side of Lakes Ontario and Erie. If the wind fetch is right, the computer model generates over 2 feet of snow near Erie, PA by Tuesday morning.

John Collins

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