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Winter is coming: First lake effect snow is here

Posted at 10:09 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 11:09:51-04

A couple of states in the Great Lakes region could see their first snowflakes flying, courtesy of the Great Lakes.

Parts of northern Michigan and western New York could see a few flurries mixing in with the rain showers early Thursday morning.

The ground is still too warm for any snow to stick, so while driving conditions may become slick, any large accumulations of snow in either state are unlikely.

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Lake effect snow is almost as sure a sign of fall as the changing leaves.

It's the time of year when the air temperature is cold enough and the lake is still warm enough for the Great Lakes to produce snowfall.

This year, NOAA's winter outlook is expecting a developing La Niña, which typically means more precipitation in and around the Great Lakes region, so this won't be the last time we hear about lake effect snow.