Snow to streak across Upper Midwest, Northeast into Tuesday

by Faith Eherts for

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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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.