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Thanksgiving Travel Weather Forecast

25 Nov 2021, 10:20 am

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at WeatherNation! We thank you for choosing us to get updates on the weather, currently and forecast. Now let’s get to the Thanksgiving outlook across the Lower 48.

Thanksgiving Day will be a mild one across the Southwest and the Southeast U.S. while the north-central and Great Lakes region get quite chilly. Temperatures will range from the 40s to the 50s for most of the country, except the mid 20s for highs in the Upper Midwest and near 80 degrees in cities like Phoenix, Brownsville, and Miami.


An evolving cold front in the Mississippi and Ohio Valley will gradually create rain showers for areas in the central/eastern United States overnight and into Thanksgiving morning. Precipitation will start off as rain for the Midwest and then some snow moves in with chillier temperatures by Thursday evening into the Northeast.

Thanksgiving Day will be quite mild across much of the Northeast, but by Black Friday and Small Business Saturday the cold, holiday feel will return to the air.

The I-95 corridor looks to be fairly clear through Thanksgiving, but by Black Friday the front moves in and we can expect some wet and some slippery roads.

By air, turbulence may be a factor for some of the airports such as Chicago’s O’Hare on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the Twin Cities. Friday, turbulence may be a factor along the East coast.


Some moisture will return to the region overnight (into Thursday) as a cold front starts to move through the “ArkLaTex.” This front will continue to head east for Thanksgiving bringing some cooler and wetter conditions in the Deep South.

Interstate travel should be nice and sunny for many spots along I-35 on Thanksgiving Day, as well as Black Friday. Depending on where you are driving through, temperatures could vary quite a bit!

Air travel may be bumpy in and out of Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson airport Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday with a cold front moving through. Otherwise air travel here looks pretty good.


A storm system moving into the Pacific Northwest will bring a round of rain and mountain snow. A local area to watch will be U.S. Route 2 and Interstate 90 in northwest Washington state where freezing rain could add up to 0.10″ of ice!

We don’t anticipate any significant problems if your holiday travels take you out West.

The area of high pressure will bring cold temperatures to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Temperatures will also fall across the Southeast. Readings will rebound in the southern Plains.

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