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.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into early Monday.
Summer-like heat will be short-lived eastern Australia early this week in advance of a cold front.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
After another brief shot of chilly air over the weekend, the month of December will start out milder across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store for late this week.
The strongest El Nino in 50 years will unfold this winter and significantly alter the chances for a white Christmas across the country.
Pillar Point, CA (1991)
68-mph winds on the Pacific shore near San Francisco.
Havre, MT (1896)
Minus 51 degrees.
New England (1945)
Severe "nor'easter" in New England - winds in Boston averaged 40.5 mph over a 24-hour period. The rain changed to snow which accumulated to 16 inches in interior New England. Thirty-tree deaths were attributed to the storm.