How does that song go? Something like, "Oh the weather outside is frightful".

Well, believe me that's the type of weather that exists to the lee of the Great Lakes now, and the local lake-effect storms will continue to spew heaps of snow for another day.

The atmosphere has been put into such a turmoil, that thunder snows are being reported just east of lakes Erie and Ontario. The blinding swirling snowfall has made travel next to impossible between Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y., and also up toward Watertown, N.Y. The snow has been coming down at up to 2 inches per hour with over 1 foot of new snow falling since early this morning.

Overnight, the bands will shift somewhat toward the south. That will take the heaviest snow out of the immediate Buffalo area, but the region south of there will continue to get clobbered. Somewhere between Dunkirk and Orchard Park there will be snowfalls as great as 3 feet by Friday evening.

Let's not forget the Michigan snow belts. Two areas were getting hit pretty hard today. Quite a bit of squall activity has been showing up north of Cadillac, Mich. Farther south, Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Holland have all be experiencing periods of heavy snow.

Throughout all of the Great Lakes snow belts, the snow that is falling is dry, powdery and easily blown by the wind. This is creating localized blizzard conditions which is making travel difficult to totally impossible.

Story by Senior Meteorologist John Kocet