First Accumulating Snow of the Season Into Friday for Some in the Great Lakes, Including Chicago

Linda Lam
Published: November 9, 2018

Parts of the Great Lakes region will see their first accumulating snow of the season into Friday as a cold and active weather pattern settles in.

Light snow is moving through the Midwest and Great Lakes as of early Friday. A foot of snow fell near Stratton, Nebraska, Thursday while 5.5 inches was measured near Warrensburg, Missouri, and in Allen, Kansas.

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Current Winter Radar

Light snow turned roadways slick in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Thursday afternoon when multiple accidents were reported in the area. Just under an inch of snow accumulated in Sioux Falls on Thursday.

Minneapolis reported 0.7 inches, while Kansas City picked up 1.3 inches on Thursday.

Snow or a mix of rain and snow will be possible from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes region Friday.

Friday's Forecast

This system will track northeastward, moving into southern Canada and New England by early Saturday.

The chance for snow will extend into the high country of southwestern New York, northwestern Pennsylvania, the Adirondacks, Green and White mountains and northern Maine Friday into early Saturday.

Lake-effect snowbands are also expected Friday night into Saturday night or early Sunday.

(MORE: Lake-Effect Snow Likely This Weekend)

How Much Snow?

Most areas will see light snowfall, although portions of the Adirondacks and White mountains will see moderate to heavy snowfall.

Winter weather advisories have been posted by the National Weather Service for portions of New York, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine where several inches of snow could lead to slippery road conditions.

Snowfall Forecast

This light snowfall will likely be enough for a few cities to receive the first accumulating snow of the season. Accumulating snow refers to at least 0.1 inches of snow.

Chicago and Milwaukee are two spots that will likely see their first accumulating snow. Only a trace of snowfall has been recorded in both locations so far this season.

(MORE: When the First Snow of the Season Typically Falls)

It's not unusual for cities in the Midwest to experience their first accumulating snow this time of year. Chicago typically sees its first snow around Nov. 16, and Milwaukee sees its average first snow around Nov. 13.

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