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Priming for a weekend whitewash

7:30 P.M. ET 1/19/2005


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Established cold air over the northern tier of the United States has allowed most upper-level disturbances to squeeze out any precipitation in the form of snow. Wednesday was no exception as a clipper system moved through the Ohio Valley and exited out the Northeast dumping snow as far south as Washington, DC and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Overnight Wednesday a secondary system will swing down through the High Plains and into the Upper Midwest. After dropping one to three inches in this area, the system will move into the Ohio Valley Thursday with light snow showers and little in the way of accumulation.


These systems are a collective prelude to an impending weekend storm. This storm is expected to produce accumulating snow from the Midwest to the Ohio Valley overnight Friday into Saturday. The storm then takes on an air of uncertainty while moving farther east. No matter how much, or for how long snow falls, this will be the most significant snowstorm for the East so far this season.


Elsewhere, the persistent moisture feed coming off the Pacific Ocean will track over the Northwest states yet again. After a brief respite Wednesday, the showers will return to the Seattle area late Wednesday before pushing farther south towards Portland on Thursday.

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