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Could Toronto get slammed by the same lake-effect snow that buried Buffalo? Not likely, say experts

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It occurs almost every winter. You’re sitting in your home in Toronto watching on TV how heavy snow is buried in Buffalo, New York, just south of Lake Ontario.

You look out the window and wonder aloud.

Well, here’s an explanation from a meteorologist. They say Toronto can get snow, known as the “lake effect,” but the up to two meters of snow that covered the Buffalo area over the past few days is unlikely to be seen in Toronto.

CBC News meteorologist Collette Kennedy said it was “very, very unlikely” that such snowfall would occur in Toronto due to its connection to the Great Lakes. She added that the wind needs to blow and it needs to last for hours.

“Buffalo live between or near two lakes, at the edge of each lake. So it doesn’t necessarily matter if the wind blows across the north-south length of the lake, either west-east or east-west,” she says. Told.

Lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes region occurs when cold air moves across the outer waters of the lakes.

According to Environment Canada, open water bodies transfer heat and moisture to the air, causing the air to rise, forming clouds, producing snow, and snow falling downwind of lakes.

Alex Lane walks his dog, Niayi, a German Shepherd mix, through the snow on the West Side of Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday. increase. (Libby March/Buffalo News via Associated Press)

Kennedy said it was important to note that lake-effect snow is very localized and has more to do with the combination of lakes and winds than with any particular storm. should be at least 13 degrees C. As a result, the wind picks up moisture from the lake and releases it as heavy snowfall.

“Once this is understood, it becomes very clear why certain areas are hit harder than others,” she said.

In November, the lake is not frozen and there is plenty of moisture available along with warm air that can hold more of its contents, she said. That’s what happened last week in western New York, she said.

“Most of the time, as was the case with this storm, it was the southwesterly winds across the warmest lake, which is Lake Erie, and it lingered,” she said.

“The setup for this event was very easy to see from a few days in advance.”

Kennedy said he started predicting this snowfall about a week before it happened.

Lake-effect snow is common in Toronto due to the northwesterly winds of Lake Huron. It could also be affected by the lower Great Lakes that occurred last week.

Cars drive through a snowstorm on Sunday on the McKinley Parkway in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. (Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News via Associated Press)

David Rogers, senior meteorologist for Environment Canada, said the weather was also in parts of Ontario, including the Niagara region, Prince Edward County, Kingston, Weirton, Bruce Peninsula, and areas northeast and north of Georgian Bay. We mentioned we had lake effect snow over the weekend. Bay.

He said Toronto is unlikely to get as much lake-effect snow as Buffalo because of wind direction and temperature.

Lake-effect snow isn’t that common in Buffalo, he said, adding that it happens once or twice a winter.

“It’s rarer in Toronto than in Buffalo, because of the wind direction,” he said.

By Sunday afternoon, just over 200 centimeters of snow had accumulated in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, according to a report from the US National Weather Service.

U.S. President Joe Biden has granted a request to send federal aid to help state and local officials clean up the massive snowfall.

A graphic showing a lake-like snow formation. (John Souder/CBC)

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