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Regional Forecasts

Winter Storm Brought Wind-Driven Snow to Eastern Great Lakes, Appalachians

By weather.com meteorologists

December 02, 2020

At a Glance

  • A winter storm brought snow to the eastern Great Lakes and Appalachians.
  • Gusty winds also accompanied this system.
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November ended and December started with a winter storm bringing wind-driven snowfall in the eastern Great Lakes and Appalachians.

This weather system was named Winter Storm Dane by The Weather Channel.

Parts of northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania picked up more than 10 inches of snow, including an estimated 22.5 inches near Painesville, Ohio and 20 inches at Edinboro, Pennsylvania.

The storm total for Cleveland was 10.1 inches. Some areas on the southeast side of Cleveland have had more than a half-foot of snowfall. Just over a foot of snow was measured near South Thompson, Ohio on Tuesday morning.

Estimated Snowfall

Snowfall was less near the immediate shore of Lake Erie as of early Tuesday.

Trees and powerlines have been downed by the heavy snow and strong winds to the east of Cleveland in Geauga County, Ohio, according to the Chardon Fire Department.

Generally, 1 to 4 inches of snow has been reported in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati and Charleston, West Virginia.

This storm brought at least light snow as far south as middle and eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia on Monday and Monday night. A foot of snow was measured at Roan Mountain, Tennessee, and 15 inches was reported near Robbinsville, North Carolina. Snow flurries were reported as far south as the Atlanta metro area.

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On the immediate Northeast coast, wind-driven rain knocked out power in some areas on Monday and Monday night. More than 100,000 homes and businesses were without power in Maine Tuesday morning, according to poweroutage.us.

On the storm's warm side, wind gusts over 50 mph were clocked from the Jersey shore to Long Island and eastern New England. Over 100,000 customers were without power in the Northeast due to the storm, according to PowerOutage.us.

Isolated severe thunderstorms flared up Monday ahead of the cold front in the Mid-Atlantic states, prompting several severe thunderstorm warnings and even tornado warnings.

A brief EF0 tornado caused tree and property damage, as well as shook or tossed several cars, Monday afternoon in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.

An EF1 tornado moved through part of Cecil County, Maryland, uprooting numerous trees and damaging a deck.

Other severe thunderstorms downed numerous large trees in Woodlawn, Maryland, on the west side of the Baltimore metro area.

Some flooding was reported in a few spots from Virginia to New Jersey but appeared to be fairly localized.

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