Alberta Clipper

noun
variants: or less commonly Alberta clipper

Definition of Alberta Clipper

meteorology
: a fast-moving low-pressure weather system that develops east of the Rocky Mountains in western Canada during winter months and moves to the east-southeast across central Canada and into the northern U.S.

Note: An Alberta Clipper typically brings very cold temperatures, high winds, and light snowfall amounts.

Expect another Alberta Clipper to move through southeastern Wisconsin this afternoon and tonight with about 1 to 2 inches of snow and then flurries on Saturday.— Brian Gotter

First Known Use of Alberta Clipper

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Alberta Clipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alberta%20Clipper. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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