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Clipper Here and Gone. Next: More Arctic Air

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SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

The Alberta clipper snow system has moved across the area, leaving light accumulations over the region.  There are icy patches, but the heaviest accumulations appear to have fallen mainly in western, Ohio.

Now the focus of attention shifts to the return of Arctic air later in the week.  Starting Tuesday night, low temperatures could drop as low as the single digits.

"We see another chunk of Arctic air moving in, but this one is not as cold as the previous one two weeks ago.  The difference this time will be lows just above zero with highs near 20, as opposed to lows below zero and highs that never made it to 20," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

The pattern remains cold from Tuesday until the end of the week according to the StormTracker meteorologists.

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Statement from Ohio Department Of Transportation 5 p.m.: "Crews from ODOT District 9 are getting ready for tonight's winter storm.  More than 100 snowplow operators in the district's eight counties will be on duty for snow and ice control, with 12-hour shifts beginning at 5.p.m.  Crews throughout the area will be patrolling, plowing and treating as needed until the storm front moves out of the area and the roads are clear." 

ODOT District 9 serves southern Ohio including Pike, Scioto, Jackson and Lawrence counties.

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ADVISORY UPDATE 3:30 P.M.

Winter weather advisories have been extended into Greenup and Carter counties in Kentucky and all of southeast Ohio from 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for 1"-2" of snow.   

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ADVISORY UPDATE 11 A.M.

Winter weather advisories have been issued for Pike, and Scioto counties in Ohio as well as Lewis county Kentucky from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. for 1"-2" of snow. 

Advisories are also in effect in Kentucky from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Sunday for Elliott, Johnson and Morgan counties for approximately an inch of new snow.

Advisories are in effect from 9. p.m. until 10 a.m. in Kentucky for Pike, Martin and Floyd counties for 1"-2" of snow with more on the ridges near the Virginia border.

Roads will be covered at times, especially untreated and secondary roads.  Watch for icy bridges and overpasses. 

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SATURDAY MID MORNING UPDATE:

Light snow showers continue to move through parts of southern Ohio...these are not accumulating this morning but there are a few slick spots across some back roads.  Expect roads to become very slick tonight as the clipper system moves through the Tri-State tonight.

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Winter returns with snow and bitter cold temperatures in the coming week with only a brief break for Monday according to the Stormtracker meteorologists.


"A fast moving 'Alberta Clipper' system will bring our area snow late Saturday and that could mean some very slick roads early Sunday," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

The so-called 'Clipper' systems tend to generate in Canada and were named after the fast moving clipper sailing ships of the 19th century.

"Because these systems really haul quickly across an area, they can't put out a lot of snow but we'll easily see an inch in the area with some areas seeing as much as three inches of new snow bySunday morning," said Adkins.

Drivers should continue to monitor www.wowktv.com/weather for more forecast developments.

After a brief mild break Monday, which is the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, another round of Arctic air should plunge across the area from the north, dropping temperatures into an uncomfortable range once again.

"This is another bubble of Arctic air with some lows as cold as single digits for Tuesday andWednesday night, but at least that's not as bad as the lows of the last outbreak when we were well below zero," says Adkins.