Two Clippers May Deliver Snow Showers Late this Weekend into early Next Week

I wanted to provide a quick morning update for my fellow snow lovers.  The European and Canadian models are in pretty decent agreement this morning that two clippers may impact the DC Area over the next five days.

The first clipper system may provide scattered snow showers Sunday night into Monday:

  • The image below (courtesy shows a “bowling ball” of vorticity (spin and pretty impressive lift) moving across the Mid-Atlantic.  The right-front quadrant of the jet stream provides and area of upper-level divergence or lift and may very well aid in some scattered snow showers making the trip across the mountains and into the Metro Area on Sunday night into Monday.


  • Notice in the same image the bright colors moving into Minnesota… that is a second and potentially more potent upper level disturbance with a stronger clipper system at the surface which may track just to our south on Tuesday possibly touching off a period of moderate snowfall.



A second and possibly more potent clipper (aided by a very strong jet streak aloft) may dive south out of the midwest possibly tracking just to our south on Tuesday.  This system could provide a period of accumulating snow to our area on Tuesday.


While neither of these systems are forecasted to provide hefty snowfall totals, the second system on Tuesday may drop an inch or two if an ideal track (just to the south of the Metro Area) can materialize.