A little snow and freezing drizzle were no obstacle this morning as shoppers lined up in the pre-dawn hours to get first dibs at stores offering early extended hours alongside Black Friday sales.
Each of Wal-Mart and Best Buy advertised 6am openings, with lineups dozens long entering as doors opened.
Among product deals highlighted at Best Buy were those on laptops, TVs, tablets and wireless headphones. Wal-Mart offers featured prominently included those for big screen TVs, tablets, coffee and soda machines.
Each store had started separate online proceedings on Thursday night for folks that preferred to do their deal-finding on device of choice, from place of choice. Sale items in some cases were limited to being in-store only.
At the opposite end of 18th Street, another Black Friday focal point in Shoppers Mall was set to open its doors at 8am. Featured at the mall will be a Pick-a-Prize board, which gives shoppers a chance to win from a wide assortment of pretty great prizes by showing a receipt for $100 spent at a mall store or service or by making a $10 donation to Brandon’s Food for Thought.
The area is currently under a special weather statement for a wintery mix of precipitation expected on Friday into the weekend. By 6am Friday morning temperatures stood at minus 7 with a light freezing drizzle falling on top of a small amount of snow received overnight. The forecast high was to be minus four with periods of light snow and a risk of further freezing drizzle throughout the day.