TRAVERSE CITY — A cold front is sweeping through the nation on an unusually large scale, but the Great Lakes are protecting Traverse City from the lowest temperatures, which reached zero degrees in states like the Dakotas.
The lakes will offer less warmth next week, when winds from Canada could blow right through the area, dropping temperatures to the teens and perhaps single digits on Monday and Tuesday, said Dave Lawrence, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gaylord.
“The pattern supports what we call blocking, which allows cold air to drain right out of Canada,” Lawrence said. “Usually, we’ll just get skirted, but the way the pattern is right now, it’s wide open and will come on down from Canada.”
This week, temperatures will continue to be in the low- to mid-20s into Saturday, Lawrence said.
“It’s not ridiculously cold for December, but it’s certainly a little below average,” Lawrence said. “It’s an interesting pattern just from the perspective of the amount of cold air that’s pouring into the country.”
The long-term average for Traverse City’s early December is around 34 degrees.
A weak, low pressure system will move in to the area on Sunday, bringing light snow showers with it, Lawrence said.
Traverse City residents can expect some lake effect snow to continue into next week.