TRAVERSE CITY — Heavy winter gloves are flying off the shelves of Backcountry North’s downtown store.
“The ski gloves and cold weather gloves are much more popular than in the recent past,” said Cory Smith, the Front Street store’s general manager. Smith said he’s already gone through the two orders of gloves that usually take the store through the winter season.
Jessie Stanley, the assistant manager at another Front Street retailer, Boyne Country Sports, is facing the same sort of situation.
“Usually we say, ‘what are we going to do with all these hats?’ but not this year,” she said.
Area residents will want to keep their hands and heads warm in the next several days, when a blast of Arctic air overtakes the region.
After a brief respite from cold air on Friday and today with temperatures touching the 30s, a big chill will return to the area, said Scott Dickson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gaylord.
“It’s an Arctic front. It’s dropping straight in out of Canada with some really cold air behind it,” Dickson said.
Sunday likely will start off in the 20s and become cooler throughout the day, Dickson said. Traverse City will be protected from the coldest air Sunday by lake-effect clouds that will blanket the area.
And locals should steady themselves for more lake-effect snow, Dickson said.
Monday and Tuesday will be even colder than Sunday with highs of 13 and 10 degrees respectively.
He expects New Year’s Day to have a high of 15 degrees.
“Everybody’s going to feel pretty cold, that’s for sure,” Dickson said.
The cold weather isn’t deterring people from playing outside, said Smith, who’s sold more snowshoes than in the past.
“There are people who haven’t been able to enjoy winter in the last couple years and now all of a sudden we’ve got way more than ever,” Smith said.