Winter has finally arrived in Cleveland.
Rapid ice growth is expected on Lake Erie starting Sunday, thanks to frigid temperatures. The whole weekend is looking cold, windy and snowy — unless, like me, you’re spending every day in the cheerful summer escape of the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show.
Here’s what to expect, according to the National Weather Service. See the full marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick, here. The Lake Erie water temperature is down to about 34 degrees in some spots.
Friday: West-northwest winds 8 to 11 knots. A chance of snow, mainly before 9 a.m. Waves around 2 feet. High of 34.
Friday night: North wind 7 to 11 knots becoming east-northeast after midnight. Snow likely, mainly after 5 a.m. Waves 1 to 2 feet. Low os 26.
Saturday: Northeast wind 15 to 18 knots increasing to 18 to 21 knots in the afternoon. Snow. Waves 2 feet building to 4 feet. High of 28.
Saturday night: Northeast wind around 24 knots. Snow. Waves 5 feet building to 8 feet. Low of 16.
Sunday: North wind 20 to 22 knots. A chance of snow showers. Waves 7 to 8 feet. High of 17.
Sunday night: North wind 16 to 20 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 7 feet subsiding to 5 feet. Low of 7.
Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: North-northwest wind 11 to 14 knots decreasing to 8 to 11 knots in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 4 feet subsiding to 2 feet. High of 15.