Over the past week, many awoke to snow across the Northeast and Midwest for the first time this year. Though only trace amounts fell in some areas, other areas received several inches.
Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Michigan all reported the white stuff.
In Van Buren, Mich., I-196 was snow covered Thursday morning. Three inches of powder resulted in numerous slide-offs, emergency managers reported. As much as 4.7 inches fell in Luce County, Mich. Downed tree branches and power outages were reported in Kalamazoo.
Lake effect season got off to an early start across northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania Wednesday night into Thursday morning as well. The favorable snow belt areas picked up some hefty snowfall accumulations.
In Crawford County, Pa., the National Weather Service received a report of 7 inches. Other reports around the county ranged from 2 to 4 inches.
Geauga County, Ohio was also blanketed with snow. Around 5 inches fell around Burton. Folks near Cleveland in Cuyahoga County also woke up to a winter wonderland. A trained spotter reported around 6 inches in Mayfield Heights. Some schools issued their first snow days of the season as well.
With the heavy snow falling at fast rates, thundersnow was also reported with some of the lake effect snow bands. Reports came in across northern Ohio and in Tug Hill Plateau, N.Y.
Though the snow garnered mixed reactions from people, the early powder gave promise to ski resorts across the country.
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