Jan 18: Clipper Snow Detected

Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr January 18, 2015 21:42

Jan 18: Clipper Snow Detected

Temperatures will stay cold for the next several days as a weak low pressure disturbance dives into the region from the W/NW…aka a clipper. Clippers traditionally surprise people with a few quick inches. Snow ratios tend to be higher from cold/dry air which results in fluffy/powdery snow despite a moisture starved environment. Sometimes they can connect with coastal energy which enhances snowfall amounts. That’s what I’ll be watching over the next few days as we transition into short-range guidance. Right now, a swath of light accumulating snow is being painted through the general region on model guidance. Let’s look at the 850mb pressure, temps, and precip map from the GFS.

Precipitation between 7AM and 1PM Wednesday:

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Precipitation between 1PM and 7PM Wednesday:

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While the upper levels will be cold enough to support snowfall, the surface could be warmed slightly above freezing—especially for extreme SENJ. This would be more of an issue if there is coastal development kicking in warmer Atlantic Ocean air. With a spray of model solutions now, the jackpot accumulation zone should be anywhere between CNJ and SNJ with NNJ seeing at least light snow. So we’re talking about either a light disorganized coastal connection producing light snow accumulations or a stronger coastal connection resulting in a 3-6″/4-8″ type event. I’ll continue to review guidance and put an initial snow map out tomorrow afternoon.

In English: Light to significant snow is possible on Wednesday from sunrise to sunset. Uncertainty exists whether it will be a nuisance or significant event. Be safe! JC

Model image used with permission from WeatherBell Analytics.

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Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr January 18, 2015 21:42

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