Folks that got an early taste of winter across the Midwest and Great Lakes during the middle of this week will get another round this weekend.
A quick-moving disturbance is expected to drop south in Canada and brush the Great Lakes Saturday, bringing another shot of cold air, gusty winds and the threat for chilly rain and some wet snowflakes.
Significant snowfall accumulations are not expected for many in the United States as this system speeds by. The heaviest snow is expected to fall in south central Quebec Saturday into Sunday, where 1 to 3 inches are expected. A few spots could receive more than 3 inches.
Snow may mix in with rain at times across the Great Lakes to northern New England. Snowflakes that do fall in these areas could accumulate on grassy surfaces. If the snow falls hard enough, a slushy road accumulation is also possible.
Low visibility and slippery conditions could develop quickly as a result. Motorists caught in a snow squall should drive with caution. A biting wind will add to the chill throughout the Great Lakes.
This disturbance will help keep unseasonably chilly air across the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Temperatures in cities such as Chicago and Detroit have been running well below average.
High temperatures in Chicago have been running as much as 15 degrees below average over the past couple of days. In Detroit, high temperatures have been as much as 11 degrees below average.
With the help of all this cold air, the first snowflakes of the season already fell for many on Wednesday and Thursday as the lake-effect machine kicked on.
People living in some of the favored snowbelt regions downwind from the Great Lakes woke up to a winter wonderland Thursday morning.
Northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania were two of the hardest hit areas. Crawford County, Pa., had a report of nearly 7 inches of snow. Other reports across the county were between 2 to 4 inches.
Geauga County, Ohio, was also blanketed with snow. Around 5 inches fell around Burton. Some of the suburbs of Cleveland were also covered with snow. A trained spotter reported around 6 inches in Mayfield Heights.
Much of the heavy wet snow accumulated on trees and power lines. Branches snapped under the weight and power lines were brought down forcing power outages on communities. School closings were also put into effect.
Lake-effect rain and snow showers are expected to wind down Friday and early Saturday but more lake effect is expected to develop as this system departs Saturday night into Sunday.
A chilly flow on the back side of the system will spread over the warm Great Lakes and will allow for lake-effect rain and snow showers to develop downwind.
Although a repeat of Thursday morning is not expected, some areas could pick up a light accumulation, serving as a reminder that winter is not too far away.
There were mixed emotions on the early season snowfall. Some were pleased to see winter make an early appearance. For ski resorts, the snow comes as good news. Others who dislike the snow and the cold continued to ponder about the disappearance of summer.
A break from the snow is expected early next week as high pressure nudges in from the south.
A new system is expected to gather strength across the Plains by the middle of next week, however, and could present some problems farther down the road for the Great Lakes and Northeast.
Heavy snow is forecast for the Rockies early in the week. After that, the exact track of the storm is still unknown. AccuWeather.com meteorologists will continue to track it as it slides eastward across the U.S.
Story written by Jordan Root, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
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