Clipper storm to spread a quick burst of snow into midweek

AccuWeather meteorologists say that a clipper storm will continue to bring some snow across the central Appalachians Wednesday morning.

The Detroit area was in the thick of the storm's snow on Tuesday morning with moderate to heavy snow leaving behind up to a couple of inches around the city. A wintry mix fell on Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a period of accumulating snow around Toledo, Ohio.

The divide of mild air across the central Plains and chilly air pushing southward from Canada into the Great Lakes demarcated where wintry conditions spread from early to midweek. Daytime highs in the 40s on Monday across southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and northern Illinois transitioned to widespread 30s on Tuesday as the storm dove southward.

Areas farther southwest in the Plains such as St. Louis also experienced a noticeable drop in temperature on Tuesday, but remained above typical late-January highs in the lower 40s.

As this storm made its hasty way, it brought the risk of wintry travel conditions where accumulating snow occurred. Following periods of steadier snow Tuesday night, a few snow showers and flurries can linger across parts of eastern and southeastern West Virginia, western Virginia and into the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee and far western North Carolina Wednesday morning.


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"The fresh snow will be welcome for ski resorts in the southern and central Appalachians into Wednesday. A general 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts can occur from northwestern North Carolina to West Virginia and even the higher ground of the Laurel Highlands in southwest Pennsylvania and western Maryland across Garrett County," noted AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.

Following behind the storm, a zone of high pressure will move over the Midwest and the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, promoting a period of drier weather. Later this week, a front can swing southward out of the Great Lakes to the Southeast as another storm pushes out of Canada into parts of the Northeast.

Showery weather can expand across areas of the interior Northeast as the storm advances eastward, with chances for wintry precipitation from parts of northern New York to northern Maine.

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