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Nuisance Snow for Minneapolis, Detroit to Buffalo

January 02, 2013; 4:00 PM

A quick-hitting clipper system will spread light snow from the Upper Midwest to the interior Northeast, northern New England and portions of Canada this week.

Clipper systems are often quick-moving and starved for moisture, originating from Alberta, Canada, but nonetheless they can cause some minor travel disruptions and slippery roads.

The clipper's snow first spread into the Dakotas on Tuesday night, before it reaches Minnesota on Wednesday.

As of early Wednesday morning, Deadwood, S.D., got 6.0 inches of snow, while Lead, S.D., got 7.0 inches of snow.

Generally, a light coating is in store for portions of Minnesota through Wednesday.

Minneapolis may get a coating of snow in spots on Wednesday as many head back to work after New Year's Day.


Light snow will expand eastward across the Great Lakes region Wednesday night into Thursday. Green Bay and Detroit are among the cities that will get some light snow. Little to no accumulation is expected.

Meanwhile, steady snow will fall to the north of the clipper system across Ontario and southern Quebec, while cities like Montreal are still digging out from record snow of 45 cm (around 18.0 inches) that fell on Dec. 27, 2012. Montreal could get an additional 2.5 cm (1 inch) of snow from this fast-moving storm.

Light snow will stick in some areas across the interior Northeast and northern New England by late Thursday into Friday. An inch of snow could make roads slick in Buffalo and Syracuse during the Thursday evening commute.


The snow for northern New England will pale in comparison to the snow that hammered the region last weekend. However, light accumulations are possible. Burlington, Vt., may get an inch or two of snow Thursday night.

While cold air follows the clipper, snow showers will reach into the central Appalachians on Friday.

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