TRAVERSE CITY -- Families who gather for Thanksgiving in the Traverse City area today are more likely to build snowmen than play football, thanks to heavy snowfall that will continue to accumulate throughout the day.
Another four to five inches of snow could pile up in the Grand Traverse Bay area today, with two to four inches accumulating elsewhere, Nick Schwartz, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gaylord, said.
“Unfortunately, it’s probably not until the day on Friday, when we have high pressure building in, that we’ll really get to bring that snow out,” Schwartz said.
The snow will come from a weak clipper system, or a weak storm that originates in Canada and blows through the Great Lakes area.
The majority of snow accumulation will be west of I-75, Schwartz said.
Snow, cold and wind contributed to more than two dozen traffic accidents in the Grand Traverse region between Tuesday and Wednesday, but many area residents refused to let the weather chill their Thanksgiving plans.
"I'll just drive slow; it comes with the territory," said Emily Douglas, an Elk Rapids resident who plans to leave town to see her family.
Lake Leelanau resident Sue Reens, who is driving to Grand Rapids with a car stocked with food and gifts, had a similar attitude.
"I'll have food in the car in case I go into a ditch," Reens said.
Libby Marois, a Traverse City resident who's hosting Thanksgiving, said her son, also a Traverse City resident, was snowed in Wednesday morning and couldn't get out in time to pick up a pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Company.
Those headed home from a Thanksgiving meal tonight could well still be driving in snow, Schwartz said, sicne the snow is expected to fall past midnight.
Those planning to spend the weekend likely will have better luck on the return home, Schwartz said.
“On Saturday we have high pressure building, which will keep the region dry with the exception of the Upper Peninsula,” Schwartz said. “Sunday at this point looks quiet, too.”