What Is Lake Effect Snow And How Does It Impact Gardens?

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Lake effect snow is a common occurrence in the Great Lakes region. This type of snow can dump feet at a time. For gardeners, it’s important to understand lake effect snow, how it could affect your plants, and anything you need to do to protect them. What is Lake Effect Snow? If you have never lived in a cold region by a large body of water, you might be unfamiliar with this term. Lake effect snow is simply snow that forms as a result of a body of water rather than a specific weather system. In the U.S., lake effect snow typically occurs around the Great Lakes in areas of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and New York as well as Ontario in Canada. Snow resulting from a lake can be intense and heavy, up to 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm.) per hour at times. It can also be highly localized, […]

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