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Lake Effect Snow in Chicago and the Thumb of Michigan

14 Mar 2017, 1:53 pm

Lake effect snow showers have been developing in the circulation behind the Nor’easter in the Atlantic Ocean today. Due to northeasterly winds around the strong low, the snow bands have been setting up in areas that don’t typically see a lot of lake effect snow. Lake Michigan snow squalls have been moving through Chicago, with Lake Huron snow bands pushing through the thumb of Eastern Lower Michigan.

The snow squalls produced as much as 9″ of snow north of Chicago. That slowed traffic during the morning commute. Travel times climbed to near 3 hours for the 20 mile drive from O’hare Airport to the loop downtown.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings and Advisories continue in Indiana and Illinois around Lake Michigan. Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect for the thumb of Lower Michigan. An additional 2″ to 6″ of snow is possible near Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Winter Storm Warnings surround most of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, mostly due to the Nor’easter snows coupled with lake enhanced snowfall. Lake effect snow bands will be developing in Western New York, Northwest Pennsylvania, and Northeast Ohio later tonight and Wednesday. More than a foot of snow is possible around parts of Lake Erie and Ontario.

The Nor’easter will push into New England this evening. This will shift the wind direction to the north in most locations, turning most snow bands to the east. The lake effect will move away from Chicago into Northern Indiana. Squalls are likely to continue around Lake Huron in Michigan, but diminish overnight as the wind becomes northwesterly. Cleveland could see several inches of snow as the snow bands shift into Northeast Ohio.

On Wednesday, the majority of the lake effect snows will be found in Pennsylvania and New York as the wind continues to turn. By Thursday morning, most of the significant snow showers will have diminished.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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