Bolaris: Second clipper is the one to watch
Update: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m
One clipper down, one to go - tonight.
A "clipper" is a rapidly-moving storm system that dives southeastward from the Great Lake region and usually rockets off the coast, not allowing enough time to gather moisture. About 70-80 percent of the time, the system will clip us with some snow; in a few cases they can rapidly intensify and produce heavy snow.
Clipper No. 1 moved through the area this morning.
Clipper No. 2, however, is following on its heels, and with more energy it stands a better chance of producing accumulating snow.
But unlike Clipper No. 1, this one looks to produce the best chance of snow across southern New Jersey and Delaware.
Also watching for a possible band of moderate snow to form along the Jersey Shore, especially from northern Ocean County and north.
The city could pick up a quick inch of powdered snow, with parts of southeast New Jersey and Delaware picking up in excess of 2 inches.
Clipper No. 2 would arrive sometime Tuesday evening - whether it will be here for the later half of the evening rush is difficult to time right now.
I do have some light at the end of this cold, snowy December tunnel: Temperatures could zoom into the 50s, and possibly 60s for some, as we head into the weekend.