Local 6 to 14” snowfalls aren’t out of the question by late Wednesday night in the hardest-hit sections of the Indiana and southwest Michigan lake snow-belt. The 30-hour lake snow event is predicted to begin in that area late Tuesday with the arrival of strengthening northwest winds with cold arctic air in tow.
Lake snow is light and fluffy. This means the gusty NNW winds predicted to sweep the area late Tuesday, Tuesday night and Wednesday, may well lead to some blowing and drifting of snow.
Storm heading up East Coast to bring balmy rains and t-storms to the big eastern cities before arctic air hits; big snows are targeting areas of New York and Pennsylvania
The powerhouse storm lifting off the Gulf of Mexico and headed northeast up the Eastern Seaboard is the same one which has be-deviled residents of the Southwest and southern Plains in recent days, where it has produced as much as 40” of snow in some of the Utah and Colorado mountains. Arizona and California's deserts were hit with big rains
The storm is predicted to ride northeastward into Canada, intensifying as it does, turning into a giant wind-maker. It's backside winds are to force cold, early-season arctic air back into the Chicago area and much of the nation's mid-section.
In stark contrast, near 60-degree temperatures and heavy rains---some of them possibly thundery--- are predicted on the East Coast. There's even a threat of severe weather in sections of Florida, Georgia and eastern North Carolina.
Chicago records its 6th day with snow Monday; last time that happened was 5 years ago—but it's not as rare as you might think
A trace or more of snow has fallen in Chicago 6 times to date this season. That’s not as rare as you might think.
It last happened 5 years ago and comparable early season snow trends have been observed through Nov. 26 in 72 of the past 129 years—or 56% of them!
November 2013's O'Hare snow tally more than the past 5 Novembers put together
O’Hare picked up 0.5” of snow Monday bringing its 2013-14 seasonal tally to 0.9”. It makes this November 2013's tally larger than ALL of the November snowfalls of the past 5 years combined.