GREEN BAY - Snowfall from Canada is expected to land over northeast and central Wisconsin early this afternoon, with snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Weather from the north, classified as an Alberta clipper, will hit central and north-central Wisconsin in the early afternoon and move east, although people might notice some early flurries, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should remain at or above freezing throughout the day.
Scott Cultice, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ashwaubenon, said that, based on their computer models, Green Bay may see some snowfall, but a majority of it will hit northwest of the city.
"Just north of the city, we're going for 1 to 2 inches," Cultice said. "Here in the city itself and southward toward the Fox Valley, an inch or less."
The heaviest snowfall, 2 to 4 inches based on NWS models, will accumulate in Marinette and Oconto counties.
An Alberta clipper is a weather system from south Canada that evolves southeast of the Great Lakes region. It's a mild enough weather system that it hardly counts as a storm, Cultice explained, especially this time of year when temperatures aren't low enough for a true accumulation.
Plows salted the roads a few days ago after a similar clipper dropped a layer of snow on Green Bay, Cultice said.
Still, Cultice urges commuters to exercise caution on the roads in the early evening. He said small things such as driving with your headlights on can help mitigate certain pre-winter driving habits. "It doesn't take much if you're not paying attention," he said.
In fact, Paul Fontecchio, director and highway commissioner for Brown County Public Works, sent out a media release on Monday morning reminding drivers how to operate as the winter weather makes its frosty debut.
Fontecchio said all drivers should check their tire pressure to ensure they have good traction for winter driving. But the majority of caution is directed at ways to navigate snowplows during this time of the year.
Brown County has 39 plows, which includes five tow plows. Between county and state roadways, these plows cover 1,700 lane miles. Since plows can take anywhere from 2 to 2½ hours per route, roadways won't be immediately safe to drive during precipitation.
"During the storm our plow drivers do their best to keep the roads as drivable as possible. Once it stops precipitating, then cleanup operations can begin in earnest, plowing the snow and ice off the roadways and applying salt to get the roads bare," Fontecchio wrote in the news release.
Be careful, especially while driving over bridge decks, when the temperatures are at or near freezing temperatures, as they will be throughout the day on Monday.
This week, following the clipper, temperatures in the area should be in the low to mid-40s, Cultice said.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Alberta clipper could drop 1-4 inches of snow on parts of Wisconsin