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Atlanta Weather | What Is An Alberta Clipper
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Atlanta Weather | What Is An Alberta Clipper

Winter weather terms are becoming pretty popular these days. First the “polar vortex,” and now you will hear about the “Alberta Clipper, as a series of clippers will be moving through the area.

So what is an Alberta Clipper?
An Alberta Clipper is a winter storm system that originates from or near Alberta, Canada. It is known as a clipper because like clipper ships the storms move at very rapid speeds.

An area of low-pressure develops on the lee side of the Canadian Rockies (near Alberta),  is driven by the jet stream (a river of fast winds above the earth’s surface), and moves southeast  into the Northern Plains, then to the Great Lakes and eventually off the Mid-Atlantic coast often dragging a cold front through the southeastern parts of the US.

Clippers generally lack moisture, so they bring small amounts of snow. Some clippers can bring larger amounts, but all will bring cold temperatures and gusty winds. Here in GA, the snow associated with Alberta Clipper will mostly likely fall in the North GA Mountains.

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