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Northeast's tri-state area face season's first snowstorm this week

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Allen Cone
People walk through fresh snow in Central Park in New York City on April 2, 2018. The first snowtorm of the season is forecast to hit the city by midweek. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
People walk through fresh snow in Central Park in New York City on April 2, 2018. The first snowtorm of the season is forecast to hit the city by midweek. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The first snowstorm of the year is forecast in the New York metro area by midweek.

Motorists along the Interstate-90 corrider in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will face lake-effect snow by Wednesday after a system dumped several inches of snow in the eastern Great Lakes over the weekend, AccuWeather reported.

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"Lake-effect snow showers and squalls will redevelop from west to east downwind of the Great Lakes Monday night into Wednesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Before the snow, heavy rain was expected to soak the New York metro area through Tuesday morning.

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"The rain will be locally heavy at times overnight into Tuesday morning before it tapers off Tuesday afternoon as the low quickly moves away from the region," the National Weather Serrvice for thew Tri-State Region posted. "In addition to the rain, winds will be gusty at times tonight [Monday] through the day on Tuesday. By Tuesday night high pressure will begin to build into the area, resulting in decreasing winds and a much drier and sunnier day on Wednesday."

Besides snow, cold air will create slow traffic on snow-covered stretches of interstates 81 and 90 with visibility reduced to near zero.

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The snow was expected to stream off lakes Superior and Michigan through Tuesday before going through Lake Erie late Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.

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On Saturday, lake-effect snow moved across Michigan, northern Ohio, western and central Pennsylvania, and upstate and western New York.

Two feet of snow hit Gile, Wis., and 17 inches was measured at Ironwood, Mich.

Perrysburg, N.Y., measured nearly 14 inches through midday Saturday. The Lake Erie region typically has 8.5 inches of snow during the entire month of November.

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AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun predicted Syracuse, N.Y., will pick up 6 inches to 12 inches of snow in and around the city.

Farther south, the first flakes of the season were reported Saturday, according to New York Metro Weather.

Another snowstorm is passing through the central and southern Plains, bringng the coldest air so far this season.

It first dumped snow on Colorado, including Denver, last weekend and is advancing through the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, southeast Kansas, Missouri and northwest Arkansas into Monday night, Accuweather reported.

"Major travel problems can develop on interstates 35, 40 and 44," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll said.

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