Lake effect snow warnings issued for tri-county region

By Ramya


Which area in the United States has a lot of lake-effect snow?  The region east and southeast of Lake Ontario frequently sees daily snowfall totals that are higher than anywhere in the United States. Syracuse, New York, receives significant lake-effect snow from Lake Ontario, averaging 116 inches (294 cm) of snow per year.

When the Great Lakes freeze over what happens to lake-effect snow?  Luckily for people living near large lakes, lake effect snow generally slows down around February. That's when the lakes freeze over, making it impossible for the air to steal moisture away from the lake

Do patterns in temperature or prevailing winds influence lake-effect snow?  Research has shown that the prevailing wind direction will affect the location of the heaviest lake effect snow that occurs along specific areas of the coast and the adjacent inland areas.

Does Michigan get lake-effect snow?  Lake-effect snowfall only occurs when the lakes are not completely frozen over. While snowstorms that impact the entire region are decreasing, lake-effect snowfall is increasing around Lakes Superior and Michigan.

How do you prepare for lake effect snow?  Even if the roads just look wet, they still could be slick. Ensure vehicles are completely clear of ice or snow before starting the trip. Let someone know where you are going and what route you will take. Don't leave the house without a fully charged mobile phone, car charger and emergency supplies kit.

Does lake effect snow mean more snow?  Lake-effect snow is formed by cold air moving over warm water, so the longer the cold air moves over that warm air, the greater the precipitation will be down the line

Is lake effect snow unpredictable?  This boost of moisture then results in heavy bands of snow, sometimes producing 2 inches to 3 inches or more of snow an hour. Where lake-effect snow falls depends on the wind direction.

Who gets lake effect snow?  Lake Effect snow occurs when cold air, often originating from Canada, moves across the open waters of the Great Lakes