Weekend lake-effect snow to smack Northeast; tropics may perk up


Cold air will be sweeping down from Canada late this week, impacting most of the country all the way down to the Florida peninsula. (Credit: NOAA)

Here we go — the Northeast will get its first taste of winter this weekend with lake-effect snow impacting parts of the snow belt and chilly temperatures stretching all the way down to Baltimore and into the Southeast.

Cold air will sweep into Upstate New York on Friday and highs won’t even make it to 50 degrees on Veterans Day in Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service.

On Friday night, rain showers move in and as the low temperature bottoms out at around 34 degrees, residents may wake up early Saturday morning to snow showers.

AccuWeather is predicting “a coating to areas that have the most persistent snow showers,” and roads may become slick. Snow showers may persist all day Saturday in higher elevations of New York and Pennsylvania.

“Enough snow may fall to shovel, especially across the Catskills, Adirondacks and White and Green Mountains by Saturday night,” the commercial forecasting service says.

National Weather Service forecasters in Buffalo said on Tuesday: “While this will not be a
significant event, there could be enough snow in these favored areas for minor accumulations.”

Forecast lows in Boston Friday night and Saturday night are 36 and 33, respectively. New York is forecast to drop into the upper 30s and Saturday night’s forecast low in Baltimore is 34.

In fact, overnight lows on Saturday night are expected to fall into the 30s as far south as Atlanta.

In Florida, weekend lows will range from around 50 in North Florida to the mid-60s in West Palm Beach and South Florida and around 70 in the Keys.



The GFS forecast for Thanksgiving week. (Credit: NOAA)

Despite the active pattern of cold fronts sweeping across the North American continent, the tropics may not have wrapped up its business for the season.

Major models continue to predict that a low will brew up in the Caribbean toward the middle or end of next week and move north toward Cuba or Hispaniola.

Tuesday’s model runs suggest that whatever forms will be pushed into the Atlantic well east of the Bahamas.

The outlier is the Canadian model (CMC), which shows another low developing off Northeast Florida and moving south toward the Northwestern Bahamas late next week and into the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend.


Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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