BY ANNE STANTON
TRAVERSE CITY-- Forecast for the weekend? Snowmageddon!
A predicted dump of up to 16 inches of snow over the next two days is none too soon for students beginning their holiday vacations, but a chilling inconvenience for those driving downstate to visit friends and relatives.
The National Weather Service warns that driving conditions will quickly turn treacherous because of snow-covered and slick roads.
Falling, drifting and blowing snow will make it difficult for drivers to see the road.
Snow is predicted to begin at daybreak on Thursday morning and fall in earnest between 1 p.m. and midnight, blanketing the area with up to 10 inches of snow, said meteorologist Scott Rozanski of the National Weather Service in Gaylord.
Snow will continue into Friday with another three to five inches of accumulation, he said.
Thursday's temperatures will range in the mid-30s with blowing snow and winds in the 15 to 25 mile range. On Friday, winds will crank up to 50 miles per hour with temperatures dropping as low as 30 degrees, Rozanski said.
Look for a calmer and colder Saturday with light snow showers, partly sunny skies and seasonal temperatures dropping into the mid 20s, Rozanski said.
And for those driving downstate?
"The further south you get, the less and less snow you'll see. You'll still have snow, and by Friday a lot of the cold air will come in," Rozanski said.