Alberta Clippers & Last Weekend's Snow by Lyndsay Tapases

Some counties in our area saw their first taste of winter this past weekend, thanks to a small, quick-moving system known as an Alberta Clipper. Alberta clippers are named as such thanks to their location of origin: typically near Alberta, Canada.

These clippers are known for being fast-moving systems that do not usually produce a large amount of precipitation, because they are far removed from any large bodies of mild water (i.e. Gulf or Atlantic) from which they could pick up moisture.

Usually Clippers drop southeast out of Canada and travel across the Northern plains, Midwest and/or Great Lakes region, then head through the Northeast. Sometimes, like they did this past weekend, they dive a bit farther south, bringing snow to the southern Appalachians.

A couple of inches of snow are common with the passage of a Clipper, which is what was seen across much of our area Saturday night. Areas in and around Lynchburg did not see so much as a flake with dry air in place, although snow was showing up on the radar it likely evaporated before reaching the ground.

Here are some of the snow totals from across the area:

The highest amounts were found in and around the New River Valley area, with parts of Bland, Wythe, Grayson, Tazewell, Carroll, Pulaski, Floyd, Patrick, Franklin, and Montgomery counties picking up on average one to three inches. Across the Southside, places like Danville, South Boston, and up to Altavista saw a dusting to a coating.

Here is a collection of photos our viewers sent in:

{}Janna Shelton, Altavista.

Karen Shelton Oakes, Chatam.

Sherri Lynn, Altavista

Jonathan Moon, Long Island