Storm systems can cause headaches for Thanksgiving travel

“The deeper low pressure should allow for a period of windy / gusty winds over most of the east on Monday and Tuesday and possibly in the middle and last part of the week across the northeast, while the low pressure lingers offshore,” the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) reported .

The two most common airport delays are low ceilings – low clouds – and wind during the winter months.

Along with the wind, there will be eerily cold temperatures, some snow and rain early in the week.

Another ‘significant storm’ is possible later this week, the Weather Prediction Center noted.

Here is a day-by-day overview of what to expect.

Saturday

This will without comparison be the best day to travel on the whole week as the vast majority of the precipitation will only happen in the intermountain West. Snow and rain showers will occur in areas of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and western Colorado.

Some thunderstorms are also possible in southern Florida during the day.

Sunday

The storm system is beginning to take shape across the Midwest.

Rain showers are possible in the region on Sunday morning and then maybe even some snow showers in the evening. But the wind that blows can steal the show.

“Current indications are that gusts may peak in the range of 35 to 40 mph,” the Chicago National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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The wind combined with the cold could send the “feel’s like” temperature down into the upper teens or single digits.

“A little further east, a wintry mix could develop across the northern Mid-Atlantic on Sunday morning,” the WPC said Friday.

Some light rain may creep into the northeast Sunday night prior to the cold front.

Monday

The exact time of the rain is still uncertain, but it is likely from any time Sunday night to Monday mid-afternoon when the cold front sweeps through. The front will stretch from Florida to Maine through the morning hours. By noon, the front is off the coast, and dry conditions will ensue for most.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall should continue into parts of New England, however, with the largest amounts (over an inch) across northeastern Maine on Monday,” the WPC said in its forecast.

Lake-effect snow is also possible on the east side of the Great Lakes.

From Friday afternoon, the low pressure that is expected to form along the coast will remain far enough out to the coast to prevent the major metro areas from seeing increased rainfall.

However, the storm system will intensify winds across the region leading up to Tuesday.

Tuesday

The coastal low point will turn up the wind in the northeast.

Northwesterly winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 25 to 35 mph, with the strongest near shore, are possible during the day, the New York NWS projected.

The winds will affect flights across the region. And it will not only be the impact on the planes; anyone working on the ground outside will have to deal with extremely windy conditions.

“In fact, Tuesday’s highs will most likely be in the 40s (20s in the mountains) for most areas with lows in the 20s for most areas,” the NWS said in Washington, DC. “This will make it feel more like the end of December (usually high for December 25th is 47 degrees at DCA and 45 degrees at BWI).”

Out in the northwest Pacific it can get a little warmer. Still, another storm system will move in early Tuesday morning, bringing more rain to the saturated region.

Wednesday

Not much is changing as the northwestern Pacific continues to see precipitation, while gusts will continue in the northeast.

The storm in the northeast may take its time to leave the region, leaving some showers, rain and snow showers in New England. Models tend to have a faster exit, but it is still too early to determine the timing.

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If you’re skiing this holiday weekend you’re in luck as snow showers are possible for Intermountain West. Snow can even dive to the lower elevations, including Denver, Salt Lake City and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

A storm coming into the Midwest will begin to rise and draw moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico. This will produce an expanding area with moderate to heavy rainfall from eastern Texas to parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Thanksgiving

Moderate to heavy rain will continue Thanksgiving Day in large parts of the south from Texas to Tennessee with up to 2 inches possible in some places.

Temperatures mostly return to normal on Thursday in large parts of the eastern half of the United States, but keep in mind that “normal” can still be cold.

For example, New York is likely to experience temperatures in the low 40s, so for anyone heading out to see the big morning parade, be sure to pick up!

Friday into the weekend

The return trip can be difficult for some as the Midwest’s storm system continues to push east. The models do not agree on the intensity or timing of the storm.

A computer weather model mainly shows rain across the southeast. While the other brings rain, ice and snow into the northeast. It will definitely be something that both meteorologists and travelers will keep an eye on.

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