I went to school near Lake Mich. The lake effect snow experience was great time for a weather fan from NY. Wasn't as snowy as up in Marquette but the closet official climate station was South Bend, IN which I believe avg around 70 something inches. I was closer to the Lake so probably was averaging around 80"+ Lake effect is so variable sometime the avg wont tell that part. I remember a time there was a surprise super skinny lake effect snow band dumped 15+" in half a day but outside of it was partly sunny. It'd be the equivalent of a blizzard in Manhattan, sunshine in Queens/Brooklyn and NJ. It wasn't always that extreme but wild swings in conditions would happen often. It could be incredibly dangerous if your driving 75 down the highway and without warning run into a wall of snow and heavy acclumation. Unfortunately I was also there for a couple well below normal years, but I couldn't tell b/c at that time all I knew was late 80s and 90s NYC winters which weren't very snowy outside of the 95-96 etc. Below normal could still get you 50"+ It got depressing though I cant lie, winter there has much less sunshine than NY. Lots of lake effect clouds during winter, it didn't always mean snow. One month at least some snow fell 20+ straight days. Mostly an inch or so per day with a few 2"-3" days mixed in. I would of traded that in for a 12" storm and then some sunny days.