Snow to Spread from Michigan to New York, North Carolina

November 4, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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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.

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