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(NEW YORK) — Strong winds are slamming the Midwest and Northeast, but that’s not all: Snow, rain and thunder are also wreaking havoc across many parts.

And keep in mind Sunday is Opening Day, so the first pitch of the season will take place on a chilly and breezy afternoon in Pittsburgh as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsbutgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m., with wind chill temperatures only in the 20s and 30s.

On Sunday morning, a potent and powerful clipper system was moving through the Northeast. The system has already brought strong winds, some snow, thunderstorms, and hail from parts of the Midwest to parts of the Northeast.

But brace yourselves, Northeasterners: This is the first in a set of two clippers coming towards the Northeast, according to ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo.

Dangerous winds began blowing through the Tri-State area Saturday night, and a high wind warning is in effect until Sunday at 2 p.m. Winds are expected to reach 50-60 miles per hour in some areas, meteorologist Jeff Smith at ABC-owned WABC in New York says.

The winds in the Tri-State area will then be followed by a bitter blast.

In fact, winds are going to drastically increase Sunday morning in the major metro cities along the I-95 Corridor. Wind gusts up to 60 mph will be likely in Philadelphia and New York between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., and then in parts of New England between 7 a.m. and noon.

Plus, snow squalls are trekking eastward Sunday morning across New England. In the most intense snow squalls, rapid snow accumulation, blinding conditions, and thundersnow may occur.

Winds will die down in the Northeast during the second half of the day. But another clipper is following right behind this one.

Strong winds are likely again through parts of the Midwest Sunday afternoon. This clipper will not bring as significant winds to the Northeast this time, though.

As both of these clipper trek east, another swath of snow will stretch from the Great Lakes into southern New England. While most areas will receive 1-3 inches of snow, some spots, especially southeast Massachusetts, parts of New York State and eastern Michigan have a chance of reaching 6 inches of snow between both systems.

And looking ahead to Tuesday, expect another shot of even colder air on Tuesday morning. Expect temperatures in the teens in part of the Northeast and Midwest.

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