What is lake effect snow?

What is lake effect snow?

The placement of the lake effect snow bands are coming into focus now that forecasters are within 24-hours of the storm's start.

Cold air moving across Lake Michigan will bring scattered snow showers to Mid-Michigan today. The northern half of the state sees better snow chances in our forecast this morning. The heaviest snowfall today will be near Lake Michigan.

But, we get some scattered snow and flurry action in for Tuesday into Wednesday, mostly lake enhanced, and that will show the arrival of some colder air again.

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The lions share of this snow falls Wednesday evening through Thursday night. The hardest-hit areas are expected to see an additional 6 to 11 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said Thursday morning.

Buffalo, Syracuse and Cleveland are big cities all familiar with lake effect snow, but sometimes we get some too. Watch for slippery driving conditions to develop in the wake of snow showers tonight and early Friday.

There's also a lake effect snow warning for southern St. Lawrence County until 7 a.m. Friday. Locally, some areas could receive more than 2 feet, particularly in the Buffalo Southtowns. In our local television market, the heavy snow is expected to stay out of our region, but we have a few opportunities of seeing some snow, especially next week. Tomorrow, those winds shift more to the NW, and that will increase lake effect snow potential over northern tier counties in IN, mostly Laporte, St. Joe, Elkhart and Lagrange, along with parts of Kosciusko and Marshall. The meteorology team will continue to monitor the latest forecast data on this event and will provide further updates as the week progresses.

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