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Dangerous lake-effect snowstorm to impact the Great Lakes


Businesses in the area of the Great Lakes should prepare for heavy bands of lake-effect snow that will make travel dangerous and impact operations.

Key Highlights

Threats: Heavy snow, dangerous travel conditions, property damage, road closures, power outages

States affected:OH, PA, MI, NY, NJ, VT, CT, RI, NH, ME, MA

When: Wednesday, November 16 - Monday, November 21


AccuWeather meteorologists are keeping an eye on a dangerous extended lake-effect snow event for areas around the Great Lakes through the weekend. AccuWeather accurately predicted that an area of low pressure brought the season's first accumulating snowfall to the Northeast Tuesday. That same storm will continue to bring heavy snowfall as it moves to the east. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 16 inches.

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Persistent bands of lake-effect snow will produce several feet of snow in areas such as Buffalo, New York, where they could see up to 6 inches of snow by Sunday. Other areas that could see a couple of feet of snow include the Tug Hill plateau. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 72 inches.

Lake snow potentialThe heavy snow could cause buildings to be compromised due to the added weight. Power lines may also come tumbling down and cause some businesses and communities to lose power.

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Businesses in these areas should keep an eye on the storm and should: 

  • Be prepared for business interruptions due to extended power outages. 
  • Expect ground logistics disruption from drifting snow, downed trees, and power outages due to road closures.
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers.

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