New York — Strange weather is sweeping through parts of the northeast as snow and thunder and lightning are sweeping through together.
A video shared to Twitter by @buffcleb showed a snow-covered neighborhood with thunder roaring in the background.
School has been canceled in places like Buffalo, New York, which is dealing with strange weather. In fact, the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Cleveland Browns scheduled for Sunday has been moved to Detroit’s indoor Ford Field because of the weather.
The Strange weather is from a weather phenomenon called a lake-effect snowstorm. According to The Weather Channel, lake-effect snow is common across the Great Lakes region during late fall and winter.
The strange weather takes place when cold air, often coming from Canada, moves across the Great Lakes. “As the cold air passes over the unfrozen and relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, warmth and moisture are transferred into the lowest portion of the atmosphere. The air rises, clouds form and grow into narrow band that produces 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour or more,” The Weather Channel explains on its website.
According to The Weather Channel, a strange combination can occur during such weather conditions. Heavy snow can be falling in one area while the sun could be shining just a mile or two away.
The Weather Channel notes that the physical geography of the land and water is an important factor in determining whether or not lake-effect snow will take place.
According to the Buffalo News, the lake-effect snow will last into the weekend in some areas. Driving bans have been lifted in some areas, though they remain in effect in other areas. The outlet reported that some areas are expected to get up to 2 feet of snow on November 18.
TMX contributed to this report.
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Author: David Wetzel
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