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Thanksgiving Travel Troubles in the Northeast?

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The first significant snowstorm of the season could be on the horizon for the I-95 corridor of the Northeast, and it couldn’t be coming at a potentially worse time.

On Wednesday, all indications are that an area of low pressure will develop off the coast of North Carolina and as it tracks towards the northeast parallel to the East Coast, it will intensify. By Wednesday afternoon, the storm will be off the coast of the Delmarva peninsula, bringing the potential for a wintry mix of precipitation in or near Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and later on, New York City and Boston.

Specific impacts such as snow accumulations are still sketchy at this point, but there is the potential for a 3″+ snowfall for the major cities, although at this point it appears the heaviest snowfall will be just inland from the I-95 urban corridor.

With the timing coming on traditionally the busiest travel day in America, major airport disruptions could be in store for the Northeast. Airports that could be impacted include Washington’s Reagan, Dulles and Baltimore-Washington, Philadelphia International, and later on, Newark-Liberty, New York’s LaGuardia and JFK airports along with Hartford’s Bradley Airport and Boston Logan airport could all see significant delays, especially if the storm produces snow along the coast.

Interstates 95, 90, 80, 70, 81, 91 and 87 could be amongst the most heavily impacted on Wednesday afternoon and evening. At the point, the forecast confidence remains low, although it does appear likely at this point that the storm will impact the Northeast with significant precipitation.

The question now appears to be what type of precipitation and where it will strike. The timing is the clearest parameter, with Wednesday and Wednesday night – the day before Thanksgiving – looking like it will feature a sloppy mess of snow, ice and rain in the Northeast. For now, it appears the coastal cities will likely see a wintry mix with some snow, while areas just inland will see the potential for a major winter storm.

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We will be tracking this system very closely and carefully here at and on WeatherNation TV.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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