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Great Lakes & Northeast: Parade of Clippers

After a heavy lake effect snow event along the Great Lakes, thanks to the first of our parade of Alberta Clippers, we have another round of heavy snow through the overnight hours and then more to follow throughout the rest of the work week.

Snowfall Totals So Far

Our first clipper system moved in this past weekend bringing in some narrow bands of lake effect snow behind it that amounted up to over a foot on Sunday for states like New York. Snow was observed from Michigan through PA through New England.


A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through early Tuesday morning for areas of Michigan. Accumulations of 1″-3″ are possible through this time period.

Forecast Timing

Our next Alberta Clipper has been moving through the Great Lakes and Upper Midwestern region since early Monday morning and is expected to continue through Tuesday. Our forecast models have snow continuing into Ohio, eastern Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The highest snow rates will begin to lose intensity by daybreak as the clipper moves east.

As this low pressure system rotates counter-clockwise, the back side of this system brings in more northerly winds and we may see some limited lake enhancement into Thursday midday. However, another quick clipper that brings mostly snow to our north, will bring in some drier air behind it.

Our system will fall apart as it makes its way closer and closer to New England overnight into Wednesday.

By Wednesday, our focus turns to another quick moving Alberta clipper. The snowfall impacts will be limited with this series of clippers. On average, widespread 1-3″ but what will be impactful is the reinforcing northwesterly winds that bring in significant gusts and cold wind chills.

Most of the midwest will see rainfall with Wednesday’s clipper.


Snow accumulations between 1-3″ can generally be expected with this system.

Thursday’s Clipper

By the later end of the week, there will be a couple more clipper systems to move into the Great Lakes and Northeastern regions. By Thursday, winds will be much stronger. Gusts through the Great Lakes are expected to peak into the 40s and 50s. With stronger winds, wind chill values will also drop.

For the latest forecast in the Northeast and North-Central regions, tune in at :10 and :30 past each hour.

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Taban Sharifi grew up in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego. She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She has a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Environmental Systems and Society from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Go Bruins! While in school, Taban was a meteorology... Load More intern with NBC LA. There she helped forecast daily weather for the greater Los Angeles region and created a playbook to deploy weather sensors for NBC owned-and-operated stations across the country. Her first on-air job took her to San Angelo, Texas, where she was a morning meteorologist and co-anchor. Working in West Texas gave her knowledge and experience covering severe storms. From there, she moved to Palm Springs, California. People think forecasting in California is sunshine all the time, but with temperatures in the 120’s, wildfires, damaging winds, floodings, and earthquakes, the forecasting kept her very busy! She also worked there as a general assignment reporter and told community stories. Taban is excited for the challenge and opportunity to forecast nationally with WeatherNation. She also looks forward to exploring all that Colorado has to offer!