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Snow and Wind Continue Across Great Lakes

UPDATED 7:15 AM EST, March 3, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A pesky low-pressure system spinning across Michigan will make for some blustery and wintry weather in the Great Lakes and interior Northeast today. Snow will be just heavy enough to be a nuisance, but the winds will be even more troublesome.

The cause of all of the weather strife is the same low pressure system that produced a major severe weather outbreak in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys on Friday. As the low spins across the central Great Lakes, moisture waves will rotate around it into the colder air in place behind the storm`s center. The end result will be a heavy, wet accumulation that will likely stick to trees and power lines, weighing them down as the snow continues and temperatures fall below freezing.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for southeastern Wisconsin and northern Michigan, including Milwaukee, while Winter Weather Advisories remain in place across northern Lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Snowfall will fall quickly and heavily this morning, accumulating another 2 to 6 inches along the Interstate 75 corridor on both side of the Mackinac. As winds slide around out of the northwest, the lake-effect machine will turn on, and north-facing shores of both peninsulas will be prone to locally even more snow.

This comes as the tail end of a quick dose of wintry weather that blanketed the region on Friday. Gaylord, Mich., has received 13 inches of new snow, while Raber, Mich., stands close at 11 inches. Fifteen inches and some fallen trees have been reported across Grand Traverse County, Mich. Further to the south and west, the snow is a bit lighter, with 2 to 5 inches on the ground from Green Bay to Milwaukee, Wis.

This storm comes on the heels of another major storm that buried the Great Lakes under its heaviest snow. In the two-day event earlier this week, Oneida, Wis., got buried under 21.0 inches of snow, Iron River, Mich., got 19.0 inches, Gladstone, Mich., tallied 12.4 inches.

To the east of the low, temperatures have been warm enough to produce rainfall. However, the strong low pressure system has been plenty to produce gusty winds, and these winds will continue to crank throughout the day. Gusts could climb as high as 60 mph near Buffalo, Rochester and Watertown, N.Y., and 40 to 45 mph from eastern Ohio to northeastern New York. As a result, High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect.

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