Snow to streak across Upper Midwest, Northeast into Tuesday

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Snowy weather will continue in the Great Lakes region of the United States as another snowstorm dips into the area on Monday.

"A fast-moving area of low pressure sailing south and eastward out of the Canadian Prairies on Monday will quickly spread snow across Minnesota and Wisconsin into Michigan," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike LeSeney.

The swift nature of this storm and its path designates this storm as an Alberta Clipper.

"The name is due to their origin in western Canada and because of their quick pace, like the Clipper ships of years past," explained LeSeney.

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10. The Knickerbocker Storm of 1922

View of a car buried in snow during the so-called Knickerbocker Storm, a blizzard that dropped 28 inches of snow on Washington DC, January 28, 1922. The storm, which also affected a large portion of the Eastern Seaboard, was named after the collapse of DC's Knickerbocker Theatre, caused by the excess weight of the snow on the structure's roof, which resulted in 98 deaths and 113 injuries; later, both the building's owner and architect committed suicide.

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9. Blizzard Of 1888

A man stands by a snow hut, after the Great Blizzard of 1888, with U.S. Capitol in background, Washington, D.C. According to, 55 inches of snow piled up in some areas and hundreds of people were killed.

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8. The Blizzard of 1996

The Blizzard of '96 was a severe nor'easter that paralyzed the U.S. East Coast with up to 4 feet of wind-driven snow from January 6 to January 8, 1996. It is one of only two snowstorms to receive the top rating of 5, or 'Extreme', on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale. Looking west down Penn. Ave from the US Capitol during the Blizzard.

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7. 2008 Blizzard in Tibet

Journeying outside of the Unites States, Tibet got a surprise storm that lasted 36 hours and dropped upwards of five feet of snow causing buildings to collapse and at least seven deaths

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6. 1959 storm on Mount Shasta

Number six is the storm on Mount Shasta in California in 1959 which unloaded 189 inches of snow on the locals and is considered the largest snowfall from a single storm in North America according to NOAA.

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2. Blizzard of 1977

At number two is the blizzard of '77 in Buffalo, New York. Powerful and sustained winds created massive snow drifts.

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5. Blizzard of 1971

Next is the Eastern Canadian Blizzard of 1971. It is said the event closed down the Montreal Forum, canceling a Montreal Canadiens hockey game, something that hasn't occurred since the flu epidemic of 1918.

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4. New England Blizzard of 1978

At number four is the New England Blizzard of 1978. Stalling over New England, this storm struck during the day, dropping over 27 inches of snow and stranding many at schools, businesses and others in their cars.

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3. The Great Snow of 1717

Then there was the Great Snow of 1717 over the New England Area. With five feet of snow already on the ground, around four more fell on top of that creating drifts as tall as 25 feet, burying entire houses.

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1. Blizzard of 1967

But the storm to top them all is the Blizzard of 1967. Laying waste to the Midwest, this storm took 76 lives, set the record snowfall for Chicago with 23 inches and was preceded by a severe tornado outbreak with temperatures in the 60's.

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As the storm dives out of Canada and into the northern Plains early on Monday, winds will begin to pick up and light snow will begin to fall throughout eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

From International Falls to Duluth, Minnesota, up to half a foot of snow could accumulate by Tuesday night. Most of this will fall by Monday evening.

"Accumulating snow will be relatively brief, lasting six hours or less in most places, due to the storm's rapid trek southeastward," LeSeney said.

The heaviest area of snow will be relatively narrow. Green Bay, Wisconsin, can expect several inches of snow by the storm's conclusion. Just over 100 miles away in Madison, Wisconsin, no accumulation is expected.

While heavy accumulations are not expected in the Twin Cities, residents should plan ahead for the Monday evening commute. Bursts of snow can lower visibility quickly, among other hazards.

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Anyone traveling on interstates 94 and 35 north of Minneapolis should be prepared to encounter slick roads on Monday and Tuesday.

"While the snow may be short-lived, it may be intense and could lay a slick covering of snow on roads within the first 30 minutes of snowfall," explained LeSeney.

The storm will trek southeastward through the day on Monday, passing over Lake Michigan and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan before swooping northeastward into New England on Tuesday.

The heaviest snow is expected to move through Detroit just in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour. Commuters should leave early and travel cautiously.

Interstate 96 through central Michigan could face significant delays as several inches of snow pile up on Tuesday morning over the course of several hours.

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As the system churns through the Northeast on Tuesday, it could be depleted of moisture and drop only an inch of snow over southern New England.

However, if the storm is able to draw enough moisture from over the Atlantic, up to 3 inches of snow could blanket the ground from Albany, New York, to Hartford, Connecticut, and into Boston.

Although this clipper will move into the Atlantic overnight on Tuesday, snow is likely to continue throughout much of upstate New York and New England into the middle of the week.

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