"At times when there is a large temperature contrast between the surface air and lake water, these cloud formations can deliver heavy lake effect snows ont he downwind shores of the lake", they added. In Erie, Pa., the storm dumped almost 5 feet of snow in just two days.
Lorraine Volunteer Fire Company Inc. We expect to be dry through the morning and afternoon before eventually a few showers work in this evening.
The snow blanketed several states - including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and MI. The bitter, bitter cold.
Wind chills will even be below 0 in New York City Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, warned of "difficult to impossible" travel with multiple feet of snow accumulation accompanied by wind gusts to 50 miles per hour leading to considerable blowing and drifting in the snowbelts of southwest New York south of Buffalo, and north of Syracuse, including the Tug Hill Plateau.
And it will be sunny most of those days.
The bitter cold is likely to stick around in the New Year.
Wind chills during the night from December 31 to January 1 may reach minus 12 degrees in Boston, minus 7 degrees in Chicago and minus 31 degrees in Minneapolis. ABC News is forecasting a temperature of around 12 degrees with a wind chill of minus 4 when the calendar turns to 2018.
Pedestrians walk along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Dec. 27, 2017.
Frigid temperatures across the northern United States also broke records.
Overnight lows for the next several days will be in the single or double digits below zero with daytime highs struggling to get above zero.