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Snow Departs Ohio Valley For Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic

UPDATED 8:30 PM EST, February 4, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Another quick-moving Alberta Clipper is proving that winter isn`t ready to give up without a kicking fight, even with an early-spring prediction by Groundhog Phil. Residents across the central Appalachian Spine and Mid-Atlantic will need to dust off the shovel and dawn the ice scraper through early Tuesday.

Light snow is blanketing northeastern Ohio to northwestern Maryland early tonight; even a few pockets of moderate snow are falling in western and central Pennsylvania. The snow will expand rapidly across the Interstate 81 and 95 corridors in the next few hours, leaving behind a fresh coat of white by early on Tuesday.

Originating in Alberta, Canada, these "Alberta Clipper" systems tend to be fast-moving and are typically followed by a dose of cold air and snow along their journey.

Winter Weather Advisories stretch from eastern Ohio to western Maryland, with a Winter Storm Warning in place for the Allegheny`s and Potomac Highlands of western Maryland and north-central West Virginia tonight into Tuesday.

A band of snow topping a half-foot is expected over western Maryland and north-central West Virginia, with a few spots potentially measuring 10 inches by the time it winds down early on Tuesday morning. Further east in the Interstate 81 and 95 corridors of the Mid-Atlantic, residents will be brushing off as little as a coating in Baltimore and the Nation`s Capital, to an inch or two in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland.

Despite developing after the evening rush, travel will become treacherous, even in the populated I-95 corridor for a time tonight. Across the western Maryland Panhandle and north-central West Virginia, roads will become snow-covered and prove difficult to navigate. If you must travel, allow extra time and distance between you and the next motorist to arrive at your travel destination safely.

The recent uptick in snow is adding up for parts of the Ohio Valley but the Mid-Atlantic hasn`t been so lucky. Places like Columbus, Ohio, have seen snow accumulation most days since January 21, with the seasonal totals 8 inches above the average of 24 inches. Pittsburgh is 5 inches above average, with 28.5 inches of snow falling since the start of winter. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are both 6-to-7 inches behind for seasonal snowfall.

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