TRAVERSE CITY — Voters will have nice weather to venture out to cast ballots today, with predictions for an unseasonably warm day in the 50s and clear skies until rain begins to fall as polls close at 8 p.m.
“Doesn’t look at all that bad,” said Justin Arnott, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Gaylord. “It’s mild for this time of year. That’s the biggest story. Temperatures are 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of time of year, and that’s welcome for most people.”
A storm system is expected to move into the region tonight and temperatures will drop steadily to 45 degrees by Thursday, when a mix of rain and snow is expected, he said.
Arnott said the official forecast for winter is expected to come out next week; right now, it’s looking like an average winter, perhaps a bit cooler than normal.
“The average winter is still pretty snowy,” he said. “We’ll see our share of snow.”
A light turnout is expected for election day in most counties since it’s not a presidential election year.
Kalkaska County Clerk Debbie Hill said she’s not expecting a big turnout since there are just two items on the ballot, both school bond requests.
“I haven’t seen articles, pros and cons, and people don’t seem concerned about it,” she said. “I don’t know what to predict, but I haven’t heard a lot of controversy, and that’s a good thing for the schools.”
A higher turnout than usual is expected in Traverse City because of a competitive city commission election. Seven candidates are running for three city commission seats. Incumbent Michael Estes, who pleaded guilty Monday to driving while impaired, is running against Rick Buckhalter for the mayoral seat.
In Grand Traverse County, voters will decide on county road improvement and school bond millages.
To view a sample ballot, go to https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/.