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Thanksgiving Travel Weather: Wicked Wednesday Ahead

Tricky Travel Weather

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year and it doesn’t look good for the eastern third of the nation this year. Folks traveling by land or by air will have to pack their patience as a large storm system wraps up over the New England States through Thanksgiving Day. Here are some pictures of travel woes that people have had already due to the more recent inclement weather.

AAA Travel

According to AAA, the busiest travel day of the 5 day Thanksgiving day period (Wednesday, November 27th to Sunday, December 1st) is expected to be Wednesday. The second busiest is expected to be Sunday with nearly 43.5 million Americans traveling at least 50 miles from their home, which is down nearly 1.5% from last year. Here are some other stats from AAA.

Wednesday Travel Outlook

This is going to be a potent, hard hitting storm that wraps up over the Northeast on Wednesday & Thursday. The good news is that most of the moisture will be gone by Thursday. However, the winds will still be quite sharp on Thursday, dragging down much colder air by Thanksgiving Day.

Here’s the weather map depiction from 7AM Wednesday to 7AM Thursday, which generally shows the only inclement weather hanging out in the eastern third or quarter of the nation. Heavy rain, wind and snow at some of the major airport hubs on Wednesday will likely see some slow down/delays due to weather… Hang in there!

Precipitation Potential

According to NOAA’s HPC 2 day precipitation forecast from 7pm Tuesday to 7pm Thursday, there could be as much as 2″ to 4″+ precipitation from parts of the Mid-Atlantic region to the northern New England States. Some of this will be in the form of very heavy snowfall!

Shovelable Snowfall Potential

This could be quite a pre-Thanksgiving Day snow for some folks in the Northeast. Upwards of 6″ to 12″ or more of snow can’t be ruled out from western PA to western and northern NY. There also appears to be some lake effect snow potential that will kick in as the colder air moves in on the backside of this potent storm.

Everyone else just looks chilly post storm in the central U.S.. Look at those high temps along the Mississippi River Valley

Wednesday Highs From Normal

Thanks for checking in, have a great rest of your week and happy Thanksgiving!!

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