Alberta clipper to bring heavy snow to lake-effect belt: Northeast Ohio work-week weather

December 11, 2017 GMT

Alberta clipper to bring heavy snow to lake-effect belt: Northeast Ohio work-week weather

CLEVELAND, Ohio – More days of snow are ahead for Northeast Ohio this week, with the target again on the east-side lake-effect belt. Closer to Cleveland, accumulations will be lighter.

The snow will begin Monday, with coverage and intensity kicking up overnight. One to 3 inches could be on the ground by the morning commute Tuesday, with isolated higher amounts possible in the snow belt. On-and-off snow chances last all day Tuesday with very breezy winds. Gusts could top 30 mph at times, leading to reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

The lake-effect snow will begin to taper off outside of the belt on Wednesday. In Geauga and Ashtabula counties, total snow accumulations, Monday through Wednesday, could reach 8 to 12 inches. That potentially heavy snow warranted a winter storm watch from the National Weather Service in Cleveland, including both Geauga and Ashtabula counties until Wednesday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the snow could accumulate around 3 to 4 inches for areas southwest of the lake-effect belt, including Cleveland. Akron could see 2 to 3 inches total.

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Monday it is fully staffed around-the-clock for the inclement weather -- 80 trucks are ready to go across Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties to patrol, pretreat, salt and plow.

Thursday and Friday, the snow could start up again, but for exact locations and accurate snowfall accumulation forecasts we’ll have to wait later in the week. I’ll have daily updates for the snow forecast across Northeast Ohio through Friday.

Check out the forecast:


Precipitation chances


The How

An Alberta clipper, a quickly-moving area of low pressure originating from over Canada, will track across the lower Great Lakes Monday, dragging an arctic cold front across Northeast Ohio. Instability from both the low and front will create clouds that will later be lake-enhanced on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the heaviest snow bands over Ashtabula and Geauga counties.

Alberta clipper aimed to push toward NE Ohio early this week bringing a round of snow ???? ---> my update will be up soon! pic.twitter.com/CGEwk6SMjQ— Kelly Reardon (@KellyRWeather) December 11, 2017

A second clipper could push through Thursday, bringing another round of snow. With the low dragging through slowly Friday, snow could continue, but we’ll have to get through Tuesday to get a better idea of snowfall totals for the end of the week.

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Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don’t forget to submit any weather questions you may have!

Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com’s meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @KellyRWeather.