You may want to hold off on any pre-Christmas travel at the start of the weekend.

Anyone planning to get an early jump on the holidays could be faced with some dangerous driving conditions Friday into Saturday according to Environment Canada Meteorologist Weiqing Zhang.

“Friday night into Saturday, as the system goes further northeast, behind the system we’ll see some rain mixed with snow or even pure snow,” says Zhang. “I’d say five to 10 centimetres probably that’s a safe first guess.”

Zhang says it’s still early in the forecast, so she can’t guarantee we will see this messy mix to start off the weekend, but it is likely Environment Canada will be releasing a weather statement closer to that time. She says there’s also a chance Haliburton could see some freezing rain in the mix.

But, the good news is, the weather becomes a lot more travel-friendly closer to the Christmas. Zhang says it starts Saturday night when the system starts to taper off.

“Even Sunday it looks like another weak system, but not much,” says Zhang. “I’m not guaranteeing you will see a white Christmas, but very possible for the area.”

As for Christmas Day on Tuesday and Boxing Day, Zhang says old man winter is taking his own holiday break, as there are no storms predicted. She says this will make for the perfect time for families to travel for Christmas dinner and for Boxing Day shoppers to take advantage of the last sale deals of 2018.

As for what 2019 is bringing, Zhang says it’s too early at this point to make any hard predictions.