What is Lake Effect?

In the winter time the areas that are close to a big body of water will get some kind of Lake effect precipitation. It is caused by cold air over warmer waters and it draws up a lot of moisture from the lake and can not contain it all so it falls back to the ground as snow. This is called lake effect snow. It can fall in very big flakes and very heavy squalls. It can dump a lot of snow on the ground very quickly. For more information, look here: