Lake-effect snow weather event will dump 1 to 2 feet near the Great Lakes

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Lake-effect snow weather event will dump 1 to 2 feet near the Great Lakes

It’s lake-effect snow season near the Great Lakes, and the first significant event of the year is expected to dump up to 1 to 2 feet in some areas, leading to what the National Weather Service is calling “displacements.” difficult, if not impossible.

“Moderate to heavy lake effect snow is expected today through Wednesday morning downwind of the Great Lakes,” the weather service said Monday.

The worst weather is expected Monday evening: “Lake-effect snow is expected to reach peak intensity across the Great Lakes Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.

The weather service warned that “if traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.”

Most of the heavy snow is expected to stay closer to the lakes, and parts of northern Michigan, northwest Pennsylvania and northern New York are the most likely targets for feet of snow, according to Accuweather.

The weather service said the snow is expected to stay south of the Buffalo metro area.

What is lake effect snow?

Lake-effect snow, which can last from minutes to days, develops from narrow bands of clouds that form when cold, dry arctic air passes over a large lake relatively soft.

These snows usually only occur in the fall or early winter, before the lakes freeze over. (But if the lakes don’t freeze, lake-effect snow can occur throughout the winter and into spring.)

Wind direction is also key in determining which areas will receive lake effect snow. Heavy snow may fall in one location, while the sun may shine just a mile or two in either direction.

One of the largest lake effect snowfall events in record pounding areas near Buffalo, New York: 5 feet of snow in a span of two days in November 2014, said AccuWeather.

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Dangerous snow squalls are also possible

Snow squalls well away from the Great Lakes are also possible through Tuesday evening, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

“Snow squalls are particularly dangerous when passing over high-speed, busy highways, such as Interstates 79, 80 and 81 in the region, where the volume of traffic can prevent motorists from seeing the squalls coming at in advance,” he said.

Squalls can occur when a strong arctic front passes through an area and are comparable to rapid summer rain showers and thunderstorms.

Snow squalls have caused massive and deadly pileups on highways in recent winters due to their brief but intense snowfalls, which can reduce visibility at any time while making roads slippery.

Accidents caused by chain reactions can kill or injure dozens of people each winter and destroy hundreds or even thousands of cars and trucks.

The cold season is here:Cold weather spreads across the United States this week with temperatures below average for most

The cold sets in from coast to coast

Although snow will be the main weather threat around the Great Lakes, below-average temperatures will continue to be the main problem across much of the country this week.

“Highs Tuesday will be in the 30s and 40s for New England, the Mid-Atlantic and even the Carolinas, with temperatures in the 50s for the Southeast and Gulf Coast/Northern California. Florida,” the weather service said. “High temperatures in the 20s and 30s are expected for the Great Lakes and Midwest, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s from the central Plains to the middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys. High temperatures will be in the 50s for Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley. »

These temperatures are approximately 10 to 20 degrees below average for this time of year.

The West will also experience unusually cold weather. In parts of California, a frost warning is in effect until Thursday. “Freezing and freezing conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and could damage unprotected outdoor plumbing,” the weather service warned. “Temperatures can be dangerous for animals and homeless or vulnerable people. »

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