The weather pattern that has enveloped the region can be very conducive to "clipper systems."
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These storm systems originate from Canada and move rapidly across the Great Lakes. They usually bring quick bursts of light to moderate snow along with gusty winds. They also typically bring a rapid drop in temperatures after they move by.
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But there are several different names given to these clipper systems depending on where they originate.
The most common Canadian storm system is called the "Alberta Clipper."
But there also are two more names if the systems develop in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell explains the differences between an "Alberta Clipper," a "Saskatchewan Screamer," and a "Manitoba Mauler" in this video.