Lake Effect Snow Ramps Up
In the wake of a vigorous winter storm, cold temperatures and a brisk breeze will usher in another round of lake effect snow for the Great Lakes. Some areas have already seen well over a foot of snow.
Here's a *very* preliminary look at the 48-hour snowfall reports across the western Great Lakes. Snow continues in the lake effect snow belts. Updated reports can be seen here: https://t.co/MThabR50Rl pic.twitter.com/xHJK7V1fvF
— NWS Grand Rapids (@NWSGrandRapids) November 12, 2019
WeatherNation meteorologist Joe Astolfi explains how the process of lake effect snow works.
Favored locations downwind of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan—known as the snowbelt—can expect localized bands of persistent snowfall into this evening. Squalls will be narrow but intense at times. Expect quick changes in visibility and road conditions if you need to travel in the alert areas.
It's just a light snow today… for most of us. The exception will be over the eastern U.P. where a band of lake-enhanced snow will lead to much higher totals. This band is expected to set up just east of Manistique, and through Newberry. #906wx pic.twitter.com/e4ZtlD3vGA
— NWS Marquette (@NWSMarquette) November 13, 2019
— NWS Gaylord (@NWSGaylord) November 13, 2019
Some communities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may pick up another 6″ to 12″ of snow! In west Michigan, another 3″ to 6″ is possible. A storm system moving in from the west coupled with lake interaction will enhance snowfall Thursday into Friday morning. Travel may be hazardous for the morning commute.
— NWS Grand Rapids (@NWSGrandRapids) November 13, 2019
If you’re joining us from cities in the Great Lakes region, make sure to stay up to date with WeatherNation for the latest forecast. Looking ahead, warmer weather will return by the end of the week and bring an end to the lake effect snow.
Stay warm and stay safe! For WeatherNation, I’m Meteorologist Joe Astolfi.