Very cold air and strong winds have returned to the entire Great Lakes region, beginning this Friday. Most of the lakes remain free of ice, allowing yet another round of lake-effect snow to materialize this weekend.

On Friday, we’ll be watching all five Great Lakes for snow that will come out from them. Much of the northern coast of the UP of Michigan will deal with a light snow all day Friday into the overnight hours. The western coast of Lower Michigan will also be in play for a light to moderate lake-effect snow throughout the day. Snowfall rates will only be up to an inch for the most part. To the east, northwesterly winds will produce a lake-effect snow band off of Lake Erie, and that band will set up over the Erie (PA) area. All of these bands today will be on the lighter side, but occasionally snowfall rates will exceed two inches per hour. Lastly, a band will be coming off of Lake Ontario into the Syracuse (NY) area this Friday.

Lake-effect snow will continue into Saturday. A light snow will continue across the northern coast of the UP of Michigan as well as the western coast of Michigan. By the afternoon, that snow will begin to dwindle. The lake-effect snow band will continue to dump snow in the Erie (PA) area between Cleveland and Buffalo on Saturday. Light snow will also remain in place for the Syracuse region.

Then on Sunday, a new storm system will begin to develop, so all of the lake-effect snow will come to an end by early Sunday morning as a synoptic-scale storm brings a widespread snow to the region Sunday into Monday.

Here’s our snowfall forecast for solely the lake-effect snow through Saturday evening:


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