Two weeks of winter in two days will continue in the wake of the storm and arctic blast around the Great Lakes today into Saturday.
As the arctic push settles down and steady snow departs western New York and western Pennsylvania early Friday, lake-effect snow will kick into gear downwind of the Great Lakes.
The bands of snow, typical lake-effect, will keep some road crews busy after the transition to cold weather brings icy travel, especially along parts of I-80/90.
According to Lake-Effect Snow Expert Brian Wimer, "A half a foot to a foot of snow may fall in the snowbelts of northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York, south of Buffalo Friday afternoon into Saturday, after the snow from the Arctic front."
Winds will average west to northwest over the eastern Great Lakes.
Other snowbelts downwind of lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior on a north to northwest flow will pick up several inches to a half a foot of snow.
Outside of the snow belts, the flurries and squalls should decrease in number and intensity across the Great Lakes today and tonight.
According to Long Range Weather Expert Paul Pastelok, "Because the waters of the Great Lakes are so warm and there is a lack of ice this winter, heavy lake-effect snow events may be common right into March."
While lake effect does occur when most of the lakes are frozen over due to frictional differences between the smooth ice and bumpy land, there is much more energy released when the lakes are unfrozen.
Following a blustery and chilly weekend, temperatures will once again take a tumble across the northeastern United States during the first half of the week.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States this week.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
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A 50' boat missed the harbor due to a wall of dense fog.
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Southeast New England Hurricane -- "most violent in 30 years"-- thousands of trees uprooted in MA and RI blocking roads.
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