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AccuWeather Forecast Predicts Possible Snow for Great Lakes, Northeast

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By    |   Friday, 16 Oct 2015 10:27 AM

Parts of the country could see the first snow of the season over the weekend as unseasonably cold weather moves into the Great Lakes area, the Northeast, and parts of Canada.

"This is not the type of setup to bring feet or even inches of snow to the majority of the snow belts to the lee of the Great Lakes but rather a rain/snow mix," AccuWeather predicted. "However, there will be a few locations that get enough snow to potentially be disruptive."

The snow is not likely to accumulate in areas where people live, such as in areas close to the lakes or at elevations below 1,000 feet, AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis said.

Still, the first snowflakes and accompanying freezes, as well as likely waterspouts on some of the Great Lakes, may surprise many who have been enjoying mild and even warm weather over the past few weeks.

The idea of snow this early in the season, and some possible accumulations in Canada, drew some to complain online:



But even as warnings about October snowflakes are sent out, the Detroit Free-Press reported the Great Lakes area is expected to see a milder-than-normal winter this year, which means warmer temps and less snow.

The cause is an unusually strong El Niño — a natural warming of water in the Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns around the world. For the Great Lakes, that means a drier climate, but the rest of the country may see cooler, wetter weather, the Free Press reported.

CNN is predicting that the El Niño will bring more rain to drought-stricken California, but also said snow amounts in the Boston area — which last year saw record snowfalls — could be high again this winter. The Gulf Coast and Florida are likely to see heavy rains with flooding potential.

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