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Details sketchy but forecasters eye chance for 'very active' weekend

Early Monday, forecasters at the National Weather Service issued an outlook for hazardous weather next weekend.

That's unusual.

So, take the next few days to prepare, just in case.

Prepare for what?

Possibly "strong winds," forecasters said, "followed by the first significant lake-effect snow of the season."

Forecasters have their eye on a potentially strong weather-maker that dropped south out of the Gulf of Alaska Monday that's eventually expected to spawn a deep area of low pressure across the Great Lakes by the weekend.

A cold front trailing the system is expected to sweep across the eastern Great Lakes, including the Buffalo Niagara region late Friday into Saturday. Although the North American and European weather models differ slightly about the strength and placement of the system, both agree it's expected to happen.

"The surface low track is climatologically favorable for strong winds across our region, especially northeast of Lakes Erie and Ontario," forecasters said. "Behind the cold front, much colder air will move into the region later Saturday night and Sunday."

They added: "This may set the stage for significant lake-effect snow east of the lakes, although the details are never apparent five days out."

Coincidentally, this weekend is also the third anniversary of the double lake-effect snowstorm of November 2014, now infamously known as "Snowvember" in Western New York.

Front pages of The Buffalo News during six days of Snowvember storm coverage

And, Thanksgiving Week itself looks frigid too.

Well below-average temperatures are forecast in the Buffalo Niagara region from Sunday through Thanksgiving Day. (Climate Prediction Center)

In the meantime, the weather service says expect mostly typical November weather today through the end of the work week:

Today: Cloudy. High of 41 degrees.

Wednesday: Showers after 5 p.m., otherwise mostly cloudy. High, 48 degrees.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance for showers, otherwise cloudy. 42 degrees.

Friday:  Partly sunny. High near 41 degrees.


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