Thursday, December 07, 2006

Welcome back, Winter

Well, with days in the 60s, after Thanksgiving, I was having a little bit of trouble getting into the "Holiday (by which I mean Christmas) Season".

Trouble be gone. Winter is back:


A lake effect snow advisory remains in effect from 6 PM this evening to 1 PM EST Friday.

While some snow showers will continue today...steadier more persistent lake snows will develop tonight as very cold air pours across Lake Ontario.

A band of moderate to heavy lake effect snow is expected to develop off Georgian Bay...then become enhanced as it crosses Lake Ontario. This band is forecast to extend across the counties bordering the southern shore of Lake Ontario during the first half of tonight...then it may become a bit more disorganized overnight.

Snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected tonight as a result of this activity with occasional snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour.

Multiple bands of lake effect will then continue on Friday with another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. This would bring snowfall totals from tonight and Friday to 5 to 10 inches.

Along with the significant snowfall... winds of 15 to 25 mph will result in some blowing and drifting of the dry snow. Visibility will be greatly reduced within the snow bands with line of sight just a few hundred feet at times.

In lake effect snow the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. If you will be traveling across the region be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions.

- National Weather Service

Update: Apparently, great minds think a like: My friend's post about Winter's return, complete with pictures.

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