Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 25, 2013

Blowy, snowy Christmas expected

TRAVERSE CITY — Swirls of snow will whirl around the region today and create a picturesque but chilly holiday.

The Grand Traverse region can expect between three and five inches of snow on Christmas Day and winds between 25 and 30 mph, said Nick Schwartz, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gaylord.

“The main concern would be travel plans with snowfall-reduced visibility with blowing and drifting,” Schwartz said. “It’ll be light and fluffy, so the snow tends to blow around.”

Areas west of U.S. 31 along the Lake Michigan lakeshore could get up to eight inches of snow between Tuesday and tonight, Schwartz said.

The snow comes from a low pressure system that’s moving through the Great Lakes area. Accompanying winds could drop temperatures from the teens to the single digits, Schwartz said.

Several more inches of lake-effect snow could fall on Thursday.

Schwartz said activity could quiet a bit over the weekend, just before some of the coldest air of the season comes in next week.

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