Kansas City, Mo. – Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said northern-tier states will continue to see temperatures slightly below normal through the early part of the week as an upper-level trough remains over eastern North America. Snow showers are likely for the Upper Great lakes thanks to cold Canadian air rushing over the warmer waters of the Lakes. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop across the Deep South today. More widespread showers and thunderstorms are likely this afternoon into Tuesday from eastern Texas to the Carolinas.
Areas of snow are forecast for today in the High Plains, the Great Lakes and in West Virginia to southern Pennsylvania. Snow should be limited Tuesday from North Dakota across Minnesota to the northern Great Lakes and the northern to central Atlantic Coast. That area will see light snow again Wednesday.
High temperatures are forecast to reach only into the 20s over the Upper Midwest today and in the range of 40-50 degrees from Kansas to Kentucky and the Ohio Valley.
Forecasters said the heaviest snow today is expected in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and NOAA’s Marquette National Weather Service office has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning and a Lake Effect Snow Advisory for the area. Snow accumulations of 5-8 inches are expected today with the greatest amounts from Munising and Shingleton to Seney and Grand Marais. Locations south and west of Chatham will see 1-4 inches of snow. Additional accumulations of up to 3 inches may occur around Grand Marais. Up to 3 inches of new snow is expected over the higher terrain of the Upper Peninsula today.
Many areas of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will see reduced amounts of lake effect snow, but will have to contend with slickened highways and streets. Winds accompanying the storm have prompted Small Craft Advisories along parts of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan for this afternoon and, possibly, into Tuesday. Winds of 10-15 knots are forecast to create 3-5-foot waves that will subside to 2-4 feet this afternoon.
Other areas forecast to see an inch of snow or less include:
Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center noted one area at Slight Risk of severe weather development today – the only area at risk in the 8-day forecast. The risk area includes east Texas, extreme southern Arkansas, the northern half of Louisiana, and west-central to southwest Mississippi. See the graphic at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html.
NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.
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