By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
5:01 PM EST, February 1, 2013
This morning's light snowfall came as a surprise to many and snarled the morning commute, and more systems like it could be on the way over the next week, forecasters say. Signs aren't pointing to any major storms, though.
National Weather Service forecasters are calling for snow chances Saturday night into early Sunday as well as Monday night through Wednesday, in what the weather service's Baltimore/Washington office is calling an "active winter pattern."
For the Saturday-to-Sunday event, accumulations of 1-2 inches are expected across the Baltimore area. After that, the weather service isn't making precise predictions yet.
AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity is calling it a "parade of clippers," referring to Alberta clippers, the fast-moving systems known for light dustings of snow that come from western Canada across the U.S. to the East. The storms are the same as what passed through the Baltimore area a week ago and again Friday morning, meaning they bring only scattered light accumulation.
January totaled 2.9 inches of snow at BWI Marshall Airport, combined with December's snowfalls to reach a seasonal total of 4.3 inches. Snowfall tallies for BWI from Friday morning were not immediately available but were likely less than an inch.
This series of light snowfalls has brought Baltimore well above last winter's 1.8 inches, but for a region that still vividly remembers "Snowmageddon" three winters ago, it just isn't the same.
Margusity hints at the possibility of a Valentine's Day storm that could be more significant for the Northeast, bringing a system up the coast. But it is still two weeks away and climate indicators appear more favorable toward the clipper type of storms for now, he wrote.
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