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    Great Lakes Snow Ready to Rumble

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
    November 27, 2010, 6:13:47 AM EST

    The cold air that blasted the West will have enough punch to trigger heavy lake-effect snow to round out the week.

    Residents in the region are all too familiar with lake-effect snow. However, visitors and people traveling through the region may be caught off guard in the sudden bursts of blinding, snarling snow.

    As temperatures drop off during the event, wet areas may turn icy. Be careful when driving or on foot.

    The cold winds will start the Lake Superior snow machine and continue into Saturday. Downwind snowbelt areas over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will receive from 1 to 2 feet of snow.


    Lake Michigan will spring to life soon after Lake Superior begins to spew out snow. Downwind snowbelt areas over western Michigan will receive a foot of snow spanning through Friday night. However, northwestern Indiana should be spared most of the lake-effect snow with this event.

    Lakes Erie and Ontario will have their most impressive lake-effect snow event of the season so far, according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler.

    "The snowbelts south of Buffalo will do well with the greatest amount of snow, between 12 and 18 inches falling from the southern suburbs of Buffalo to the ski resorts in western New York," Mohler said.

    Several hours of heavy snow are possible in the city of Buffalo. The most likely time for this would be Friday night, before winds shift the snow band farther south.

    Since the event will be of shorter duration farther south, amounts will dwindle heading into northeastern Ohio. However, northwestern Pennsylvania tends to do well with November lake-effect snow, so it is possible for a foot of snow to fall in Erie County.

    The timing for the lake-effect event off Lake Erie will span Friday afternoon through the day Saturday.

    "As much as 2 feet of snow will fall to the east of Lake Ontario, namely over the Tug Hill Plateau of northern New York state," Mohler added.

    The snow off Lake Ontario will span Friday afternoon into Saturday night.

    Winter Weather Expert Brian Wimer stated, "Lake Huron will be no exception to the lake-effect event with downwind areas in southwestern and southern Ontario picking up from 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) of snow."

    "It is important to note that the bands of snow on all lakes will shift southward with time as winds swing around from west or west-southwest to northwest," Wimer added.

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