The same blustery winds triggering lake-effect snow will whip across the entire Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Northeast today. The winds will not only create a chill in the air but could cause some minor damage.
The winds will howl throughout today, but it is during the midday and afternoon hours when many places will record their strongest winds. Gusts up to 45 mph are expected. Winds of this magnitude could down tree limbs and cause minor damage to outdoor structures. Additional damage could result if these branches land on vehicles or buildings. These falling limbs could also lead to bodily harm or power outages.
Downwind of the Great Lakes, wind gusts could exceed 45 mph throughout today. Localized blizzards will ensue as the winds severely blow and drift the lake-effect snow. More widespread tree damage and power outages are also likely.
The blustery winds will continue to howl into Friday over the Great Lakes and Northeast. The Northeast will especially notice the winds on Friday with colder air in place.