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Boyne Falls in the middle of lake effect snow

Boyne Falls in the middle of lake effect snow

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A lake effect snow band hit Charlevoix County on Wednesday.

Boyne Falls fell right in the center of the snow band passing through northern Michigan.

Drivers said they were doing their best to keep it slow.

“A little slick this morning, giving myself a little extra time," said Chris Truman, who works in Boyne Falls.

Truman spent the morning driving and saw a few others having trouble.

“I came from Traverse City this morning and yeah I’ve seen three or four people in the ditch," Truman said. "Cops on the side of the road, fire trucks.”

Patrick Morin drives a plow truck and says this is the most snow the area has gotten so far this year.

“I’ve been out since four in the morning," Morin said. "It’s been very treacherous, lots of unsafe driving conditions and low visibility.”

While drivers struggled with the conditions, ski resorts took advantage.

Boyne Mountain started making snow on Tuesday night and got several inches of natural snow.

“We’re super excited to see the snowfall come back again," said Erin Ernst, director of communications at Boyne. "We’ve already been able to be open for four weeks, but having this natural snowfall and the cold temperatures come back so we can expand terrain and open up more for our skiers is great.”

It's an ideal time for Boyne, with the Christmas holiday just weeks away.

“We start hosting a lot of holiday celebrations, a lot of events and of course it gets people excited about that Christmas break period which is of course our busiest week of the season," Ernst said.

Wednesday night, slow should slow down in Boyne Falls and move further south to Antrim and Kalkaska Counties.

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands plan to be open daily start on Saturday.

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