It is only the first week of November, and we already have a lake-effect snow event set to unfold across the Great Lakes and snow in the forecast for the spine of the Appalachian Mountains the next few days.
The wintry weather is arriving right on time according to the 2010-2011 AccuWeather.com Winter Forecast, which is calling for an early winter in the East and a busy lake-effect snow season for the Great Lakes.
Rain will mix with or change to snow from west to east across the Great Lakes through the end of the week, occurring over northern Michigan today and then areas farther east through New York and Pennsylvania on Friday.
Snow showers will also be found along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains tonight into Friday.
Snow already made an appearance across northern Osceola Co., Mich., on Wednesday morning. No accumulations were reported.
According to the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center, places just downwind of the Great Lakes, including Marquette and Gaylord, Mich., South Bend, Ind., Ashtabula, Ohio, Edinboro, Pa., as well as Jamestown, N.Y., have the potential to pick up a few inches of snow by Saturday.
Snowfall totals may even reach half a foot or more in a few locations.
Several inches of snow could also accumulate in the mountains from southwestern Pennsylvania into West Virginia, the Maryland panhandle, western Virginia and even western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Friday into Saturday.
While little or no accumulation is expected, the chance for snowflakes is also in the forecast for Detroit, Mich., Albany, N.Y., Pittsburgh and State College, Pa., Charleston, W.Va., and Asheville, N.C., at some point on Friday into Saturday.
Fortunately, this snow event is not expected to have a major, widespread impact on ground travel. Areas at greatest risk for having roads become slippery will be in the higher elevations of the East heading into the weekend.
Tropical Depression Eight could become a tropical storm while brushing the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms early this week.
Following several stretches of unseasonable heat in August, September is set to yield lower temperatures across the United Kingdom.
Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance will move off the coast of Africa early this week and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Tropical Storm Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan on Tuesday afternoon local time with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Following a stormy weekend across Germany, a period of dry and more seasonable weather is in store this week.
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