Snow: Not The Only Lake-Effect

Posted at 8:19 PM, Dec 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-09 20:51:46-05

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — We’re all familiar with lake-effect snow. It occurs when cold air blows across the relatively warm waters of Lake Michigan.  While it can be a headache for travelers, lake-effect also has a huge impact on another weather element here:  temperatures.

Take a look at 8 p.m. temperatures. Winds are from the west, and that wind is blowing over water temperatures that are in the 30s. This has a moderating influence on temperatures in Lower Michigan. Notice how temperatures are on the other side of the lake without the influence of Lake Michigan.  As you can see, parts of West Michigan are almost 15 degrees warmer than locations on the other side of the lake.

Temperatures will remain cold, and this will keep the lake-effect snow in the forecast. For the latest, join us on FOX 17 News or visit the weather page at