Winter Storm Bringing Wind-Driven Snow to Eastern Great Lakes, Appalachians

Published in 1 December, 2020

At a Glance

  • A winter storm will wring out more snow in the eastern Great Lakes and Appalachians on Tuesday.

  • Gusty winds will accompany the snow in some areas.

  • Travel will be difficult at times, especially south and southeast of Lake Erie.

December is starting out with a winter storm wringing out wind-driven snowfall in the eastern Great Lakes and Appalachians.

This weather system has been named Winter Storm Dane by The Weather Channel.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) from the eastern Great Lakes to the Appalachians. Cleveland, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania are among the cities that are under a winter storm warning, which means travel in these areas could be difficult or impossible at times.

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The National Weather Service reports that some areas on the southeast side of Cleveland have had more than a half-foot of snowfall as of Tuesday morning. Snowfall has been much less near the immediate shore of Lake Erie.
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Trees and powerlines have been downed by the heavy snow and strong winds to the east of Cleveland in Geauga County, Ohio, according to the Chardon Fire Department.

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This storm brought at least light snow as far south as middle and eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia on Monday and Monday night.

On the immediate Northeast coast, wind-driven rain knocked out power in some areas on Monday and Monday night. More than 100,000 homes and businesses were without power in Maine as of Tuesday morning, according to poweroutage.us.

Forecast

Wind-whipped snow will continue much of Tuesday from the eastern Great Lakes into the Appalachians. Heavier snow will fall in bands south or southeast of Lake Erie.

Lingering wraparound snow and lake-effect snow from this storm could linger into Wednesday in western New York and northern New England.

Snow totals will easily be 6 inches or more in parts of northeastern Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania and southwest New York state. Lake-effect snowbelt locations will see a foot or more of snowfall, especially in areas with higher terrain. Travel on the Interstate 90 corridor through Cleveland, Erie, Pennsylvania, and areas near and south of Buffalo, New York, could difficult on Tuesday.

Accumulating snow is also expected in the Appalachians This could also lead to treacherous travel, particularly in the mountains.

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Monday’s Storm Recap

Snowfall from this storm on Monday affected many areas from southeast Michigan into parts of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Snow flurries were reported as far south as the Atlanta metro area.

On the storm’s warm side, wind gusts over 50 mph have been clocked from the Jersey shore to Long Island and eastern New England. Over 100,000 customers were without power in the Northeast due to the storm, according to PowerOutage.us.

Isolated severe thunderstorms flared up Monday ahead of the cold front in the Mid-Atlantic states, prompting several severe thunderstorm, even tornado warnings.

One tornado confirmed by NWS radar apparently crossed from eastern Maryland into western Delaware. Trees were downed, one of which landed on a vehicle in Marydel, Delaware.

Other severe thunderstorms downed numerous large trees in Woodlawn, Maryland, on the west side of the Baltimore metro area.

Some flooding was reported in a few spots from Virginia to New Jersey, but appeared to be fairly localized.

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