Lake Effect

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Lake Effect man on the handle of a beer tap at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo New York.

Residents in the Great Lakes region are very familiar with Lake Effect snows. When cold, dry air passes over the lakes, it generates enough snow to bring white outs, vehicle pile ups, power outages and back-breaking shoveling. Despite all those problems, dozens of businesses and organizations have embraced the Lake Effect name.


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If this winter has seemed windy, the National Weather Service says you're right - and there's more to come.

Great Lakes are warmer than normal. Snow on the way?

Dec 1, 2016

New heat maps from NOAA show the startling change in water temperatures across the Great Lakes this year.

Back in 2014, the heat map shows a bluish scene, illustrating cool temperatures. But this year, the map in late November temps is all yellows and oranges.

What is "lake effect" snow?

Nov 18, 2016

The National Weather Service says the season's first lake effect snow is likely this weekend. That could be a harsh beginning to winter.

In the Great Lakes region, the effect kicks in when dry arctic air speeds over large expanses of warm water.

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The National Weather Service has indicated that a band of moderate to heavy lake effect snow is shifting northward into the Metro Buffalo area.

Heavy snow to cause difficult travel conditions

Dec 10, 2013

A significant amount of lake-effect snow will start to blanket parts of Western New York Tuesday, in a storm that could last until the early morning hours of Thursday.

This Thanksgiving holiday has been a snowy and cold one.  Not since the Thanksgiving week storm of 2000 have we had to deal with this kind of weather.  But the holiday weekend will end up more seasonable with temperatures in the upper 30s by Sunday under cloudy skies.