Clipper Snow Friday
In the world of weather, we call them clippers. Fast moving snowfalls that zip in from the Prairies of Canada. These “clippers” move so fast they usually only muster a light snowfall though gusty winds can make for the look of an all out snowstorm at the height of the event.
One such clipper will be motoring through early on Friday morning accompanied by a slushy inch of snow accumulation. Slick morning roads will no doubt alter the school schedule (more delays than closings I suspect), though by 9 or 10 AM the snow will be melting and roads will trend damp.
Accumulations should average an inch of slush along the I-64 corridor from Morehead to Kenova and Dunbar, with a bit more north from Lucasville to Apple-town to the Armory in Point Pleasant and onto Sutton.
South into the Coalfields, many areas will struggle to get to an inch in town, though even a slushy coat on hills like Horsepen Mountain and Airport Road in Mingo County will affect the morning school bell schedule.
By the way, the term clipper comes from the 1850s fast sailing boat which was all the rage back in the pre-Civil War era of our country. First called “Baltimore” Clippers for their swift navigation on the Chesapeake Bay, these vessels gained renown during the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic War.
Sometime in the 1970s, an inquisitive meteorologist tracking the endless string of winter storms of that harsh decade coined the phrase “snow clipper” for its swift arrival and departure. Kind of like the fast moving snow I expect at dawn Friday which will whisk away into the mountains as snow melts by noon.