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SNOW ALERT: First snow showers of 2016 in forecast for NY area

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NEW YORK — A clipper system will move from the Midwest toward our region, giving the first legit chance for some snow.

These clipper systems are generally fast moving storms and usually produce little rain or snow but brings in a good shot of cold air.

As with most clipper lows, these systems will be relatively weak, but will bring in a reinforcing shot of cold air.

Skies will be generally clear Monday night as temperatures dip into the mid-20s. Some of the surrounding suburbs could drop into to the teens.

A clipper system will make its way into the tri-state area bringing snow showers with it Tuesday afternoon. (PIX11 Weather Center)

A clipper system will make its way into the tri-state area bringing snow showers with it Tuesday afternoon. (PIX11 Weather Center)

Skies begin to cloud up early in the day and temperatures will moderate back up into the lower 40s. That clipper system will make its way to our area, bringing snow showers with it in the afternoon. With temperatures well above freezing, much of it will melt upon contact with the ground. There could be a dusting on grassy surfaces after the sunset in the evening. Areas north and west of the city may get an accumulation totaling anywhere from a coating to an inch.

The Department of Sanitation issued a snow alert for Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. to prepare for any possible issues. Salt spreaders, trucks with plows and tire trains will be ready in case of a snowstorm.

Colder air moves in behind the clipper system on Wednesday. Temperatures will struggle to reach the freezing mark but a gusty northwesterly wind, will make feel like reading be in the lower 20s.

For the latter half of the week, temperatures will moderately climb back into the mid-40s under partly to mostly sunny skies.