Some storms are like clipper ships

Tuesday morning update:
Light snow in morning from strong upper air impulses wringing out moisture from relatively dry air.
The light snow in the afternoon and over night from local instability.
(See NWS NYC map discussion for more details)
But won’t amount to much….
Forecast by NWS of snow accumulation through Wednesday morning:

Weather Service forecast of snow through Wednesday morning

Weather Service forecast of snow through Wednesday morning

8am Weather Map – from the Weather Channel….

Weather Channel's map of present weather -8am Tu Feb 5

Weather Channel’s map of present weather -8am Tu Feb 5

Storms that sail across the country, from western Canada into the east coast of the US, are called ‘clippers’ after the fast sailing ships of long ago. Often the slip by, leaving just a trace of snow. Sometimes, they linger as they round the base of an upper air low pressure system and leave a coating of snow. Occasionally, they reform off the east coast, picking up moisture and surprising us with a deep layer of the white stuff.

This week will have one clipper after another – here’s the short story….

Monday night into Tuesday morning – light snow, an inch or less, less to the north of NYC and inland.
But windy and staying very cold.

Tuesday night into Wednesday morning – light snow, less than an inch, less to the south of NYC.

Late Thursday night through Friday morning – snow, perhaps several inches or perhaps changing to rain – watch out for this one as it may make the turn and reform.

Stay tuned !

P.S. the last storm changes the pattern to bring slightly above normal temperatures to the east coast for the weekend.

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