Alberta Clipper Brings Snow, Wind to Midwest
8 PM CST, January 14, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
A quick-hitting winter storm is packing a punch of heavy snowfall and wind across the Great Lakes, with several inches of the white stuff falling across Wisconsin and Michigan. The snow is producing dangerous travel conditions, but should wind down by early Wednesday.
An "Alberta Clipper," with origins in western Canada, is diving southeastward across the northern tier, bringing a punch of heavy snow along and just north of its track.
Ten inches of snow has fallen in Marinette, Wis., with Mondovi, Wis., piling up 7 inches of fresh snow. Similarly, 7 inches of accumulation has fallen in Menominee, Mich., with 8 inches in Eau Claire, Wis. Minneapolis has seen 4.4 inches of fresh snow.
The snow has largely wound down across Minnesota, with another 2 to 4 inches possible across Wisconsin through this evening. Michiganders are in for a snowy night, as 3 to 6 inches of accumulation could pile up through Wednesday morning along the shores of Lakes Superior and Michigan.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in place from southern Minnesota to Michigan.
Only making matters all that much worse will be gusty winds accompanying the compact but potent low pressure center as it passes into and through the Great Lakes. The combination of falling snow being whipped about by gusts topping 30 mph will not only create dangerous travel, but near whiteout conditions as well. This will produce near-zero visibilities that could bring blizzard conditions. In fact, High Wind and Blizzard Watches have been issued from northwestern Montana to western Minnesota, southward into northern Kansas.
Unfortunately, there won`t be much separation between this and next storm system that is expected to arrive by Thursday. Thankfully, this one won`t rival today`s big snow-producer, but will be the carrier of another frigid air mass along with dangerous cold wind chills late this week.
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