The First Great Lakes Effect Snowstorm of the Winter

The First Great Lakes Effect Snowstorm of the WinterOn Monday, the first major lake effect snowstorm hit from Michigan to Kentucky, causing icy roads, car pileups and blocking visibility. By Tuesday they are expecting approximately two feet of snow to fall on the upper part of New York as the storm works its way east from Michigan. By Monday afternoon there was over a foot of snow in the Michigan area.

According to one meteorologist, all you could see was snow on the radar screen from the upper Michigan Peninsula all the way through western New York State going through Kentucky and western Virginia. What caused the lake effect snow was the west-northwest flow of frigid air.

Near Cincinnati, Ohio, on Monday there was a thirty car pileup that closed parts of Interstate 75 due to visibility that was near zero and very strong gusty winds. Near Indianapolis, Indiana, the State Police were working hard to clear eighty accidents that had happened in just a little over four hours and shut down sections of Interstates 65, 70, and 465.

The areas of Cincinnati and Indianapolis did not get more than a dusting of the white stuff but it was enough to cause slick roads. The accumulating snow stayed farther north of these areas.