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.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
Sandra remains on track to make landfall in northern Mexico on Saturday, but it will be much weaker than its current major hurricane status.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential to cause flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
New England (1888)
Hurricane passed inside Nantucket over Cape Cod. Later crossed Nova Scotia Block Island- 84 mph wind gust.
North Dakota (1896)
Thanksgiving Day Blizzard. "Wind Velocity and snowfall never equalled before."
Destructive windstorm in the Northwest; winds gusting to 105 mph in Cut Bank, MT; 96 mph in Sheridan, WY. Spokane, WA, radio tower downed. Coleville, WA, lumber shed demolished.