Feet of lake-effect snow to bury Great Lakes during final week of 2017

A plunge of arctic air will set up significant lake-effect snowfall for parts of the Great Lakes into midweek.

Following the Christmas snowstorm across the northeastern United States, a multi-day lake-effect snow event will bring the heaviest snowfall so far this season across the Great Lakes.

The very cold air moving over the warm waters of the Great Lakes will set the stage for bands of heavy snow.

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CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man walks through snow covered road in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Cars, covered with snow, are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Trees are seen near a road, covered with snow, during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A child skies downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man skies downhill with a child during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: Dogs run through snow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man cleans a sidewalk with a snowplow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man skies downhill with his dogs during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People ski downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas decorations covered with snow is seen on a house gate in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City on December 25, 2017. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas Nativity scene covered with snow is seen at a house on Christmas day on December 25, 2017 in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
Dec 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Snow is cleared from the field prior to a game between the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Shamarko Thomas (29) celebrates in the snow following his teams overtime win against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The Buffalo Bills run an offensive play in a snow storm against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (52) in a snow storm during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Christmas Nativity scene covered with snow is seen at a house on Christmas day on December 25, 2017 in Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A man cleans a sidewalk with a snowplow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A child skies downhill during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: A general view of skyscrapers are seen during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People slide during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - DECEMBER 24: People play with snow during snowfall in Chicago, United States on December 24, 2017. The most snowfall the Chicago area has seen on December 24 was in 1918, when more than 7 inches of snow accumulated. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The heaviest bands of snow developed downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario on Christmas Day, where multiple feet of snow has already fallen.

Erie, Pennsylvania, received 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, which shattered the previous daily record of 8.1 inches set in 2002. This also set the all-time snowfall record for any one day by 14 inches. The previous daily snowfall record was 20 inches on November 22, 1956. Through December 25, Erie has received 73 inches of snow, the most snow for the month of December on record, surpassing the previous record of 66.9 inches in 1989. The two-day snowfall of 53 inches also broke the record for any location in Pennsylvania. The old record was 44 inches in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, on March 20-21, 1958.

The most intense bands will continue off lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario into Wednesday.

Snow bands will be their most intense into Tuesday afternoon. Snowfall rates may reach 5 to 6 inches per hour at times.

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"The heavy accumulation of snow along with near-whiteout conditions will make for difficult, if not impossible travel," Travis said.

An occasional rumble of thunder with the snow cannot be ruled out.

Gusty winds within these bands will lead to blowing and drifting snow.

Snowfall totals will exceed a foot in some locations. Areas downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario could top 5 feet by Wednesday.

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Abdel Salah, the owner of Sam's Food and Liquor Store surveys damage after a series of tornados tore through in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp
Heavy thunderstorm clouds fill the sky over Center City Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Residents clear their cars and street of snow in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the One World Trade Center and lower Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm in New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A utility pole was downed during last night's tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Birds sit on some branches in Central Park in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A house along Pcr 906 is destroyed after last night's tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Heavy thunderstorm clouds fill the sky over Center City Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A shed for farm equipment on Pcr 906 collapsed and metal sheeting was tangled in trees after last night's tornado, on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A house and garage were destroyed on Hwy V after last night's tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
A resident clears the street of snow in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the Empire State Building and Middle Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm in New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Debris covers a street in New Orleans East after a series of tornados tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, leaving trees, power lines and homes and businesses leveled, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp
Tien Nguyen cleans up debris in "Q" Nail studio on Chef Menteur highway which he and his wife own, they survived the tornado by sheltering in the bathroom, a tornados tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, leaving trees, power lines and homes and businesses leveled, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp
Two snowmen sit in Central Park in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Trailers lie on their sides behind a Procter and Gamble warehouse after a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday in Albany, Georgia, U.S. January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
A snowplow clears snow in Times Square during a snowstorm in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A gas sign from a gas station sits in a tree nearby after a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday in Albany, Georgia, U.S. January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Friends used there snow day to go sledding on a hill at 47th street northwest and Massachusetts Avenue in Washington on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos Katopodis (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police car pushes a cab stuck on a snow and sleet-covered street in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Homeowners clean up debris after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas, U.S. April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade
Homes are severely damaged after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas, U.S. April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade
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Those driving on interstates 75, 81, 86, 90, 94 and 196 will want to allow for extra travel time.

It is possible that the heavy snow could shut down sections of Interstate 90 between Cleveland and Buffalo, as well as Interstate 81 between Syracuse and Watertown, New York.

Speed restrictions are already in place on the interstates in northwestern Pennsylvania.

A couple of weak Alberta clipper storms will push across the Great Lakes region from Wednesday night through Friday night. While these storms are likely to bring a general, light snowfall, they will allow intense lake-effect snow to diminish for a time.

Cleanup efforts throughout and after the snow will be difficult with air temperatures well below freezing. Failure to dress warmly when outside can lead to cold-related illnesses, such as frostbite and hypothermia.

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