Winter weather: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Dec. 7-9

The Goodtime III is decked for the holidays in North Coast Harbor. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

The wind is looking rough this weekend, and Lake Erie has a small craft advisory through Friday. 

But the lake is still far from frozen: the Lake Erie water temperature is 37 off Toledo and 42 off Cleveland.

Sunday, the scheduled Santa Paddle before the Cleveland Browns game, has the best looking forecast, at 36 degrees. 
 
See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick.
 
Friday: Northwest wind 9 to 12 knots becoming west in the afternoon. A slight chance of snow showers before 5 p.m. Waves 4 feet, subsiding to 2 feet. High of 32 degrees.
 
Friday night: West-southwest wind around 14 knots. A chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight. Waves 2 feet building to 4 feet. Low of 26 degrees.
 
Saturday: Northwest wind 10 to 13 knots becoming west-northwest 7 to 10 knots in the morning. A slight chance of snow showers before 1 p.m. Waves 4 feet, subsiding to 2 feet. High of 31.
 
Saturday night: West wind 5 to 7 knots becoming variable and less than 5 knots. Mostly clear. Waves around 1 foot. Low of 27.
 
Sunday: Variable winds 5 knots or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 foot or less. High of 36.
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