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Storm Moving through the South; Pacific Storm to Impact the West this Weekend

A storm is expected to develop over the southern High Plains today and track to the Mid-Atlantic through Friday with showers and thunderstorms. On the northern edge, snow, ice, and/or a wintry mix is possible over the central Plains. A significant storm is expected to arrive late Friday through the weekend with rain, heavy mountain snow, and gusty winds for much of the West. Read More >

Overview

A cold air mass settling across the Great Lakes region set the stage for a significant lake effect snow event Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. The lake effect began in a rather disorganized fashion Thursday evening with several weak banded of lake effect snow with embedded cellular characteristics. After midnight, a more dominant single lake effect snow band developed which brought intense snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour for a brief time. Storm total snowfall amounts with the lake effect snow ranged from 6 to 12 inches with a few spots reporting totals in excess of a foot. The snow showers dissipated Christmas afternoon.
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