lake effect storm

lake effect storm

[′lāk i‚fekt ‚stȯrm]
(meteorology)
A severe snowstorm over a lake caused by the interaction between the warmer water and unstable air above it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The lake effect storms caused 13 fatalities, hundreds of major roof collapses and structural failures, thousands of stranded motorists, and food and gas shortages due to impassable roads.
During the first couple of days of December, many motorist in the Buffalo, NY, area became stranded on the interstate when lake effect storms hit dropping snow at a rate of two inches an hour for 18 hours.