Lake-Effect Small Snowflakes in the Ozarks

 Posted by at 6:47 am on November 13, 2014  Headlines  No Responses »
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lakeeffectUnder the right conditions, the reservoirs in the Ozarks can actually produce light snow!

The conditions would include:

  • Warm waters, usually found in late fall and early winter
  • Cold winds blowing over the proper fetch of any given body of water

These conditions were met this morning near the lakes north of Springfield.

Lake effect snow can be brought about when cold air blows over a large fetch of relatively warm water. The air both picks up warmth and humidity, leading to an unstable condition in the lower atmosphere.

The Springfield National Weather Service sent out a tweet which shows the “lake-effect” clouds and light snow nicely!