Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, January 03, 2012.
Lake-effect snow showers will continue in the northeastern quadrant of the nation on Tuesday. Blustery northwest winds will continue to sweep across the Great Lakes, causing heavy lake effect snow showers to persist downwind of the Great Lakes through the morning hours. This precipitation will lighten up through the afternoon and become more scattered. Storm totals for areas of the northern peninsula of Michigan, western Michigan, northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, and western New York will be quite high as total snow accumulations from this event range from 8 to 18 inches. Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings, and Lake-Effect Snow Watches and Warnings will remain in effect for areas downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario through Tuesday evening. In addition to snow, strong northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph will increase travel difficulty in these areas with periods of blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibilities.
In the West, rain and high elevation snow will continue behind a cold front moving through the Northwest. As this front move to the east, a warm front in the eastern Pacific will trigger another batch of rain showers in near the Washington coast. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -9 degrees at Cando, N.D. to a high of 84 degrees at Ramona, Calif.