Storm Expected to Bring Major Delays for Thanksgiving Travel


Your 3-day weather outlook

Here is the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast with your three-day Outlook for the remainder of this week.

Wednesday: The western half of the nation can expect mostly clear conditions. In the central US, snow over northern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Thunderstorms over eastern Texas extend into most of Louisiana, all of Arkansas, northern Mississippi, western Tennessee, southern regions of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and western Kentucky. Thunderstorms for southern Florida. Rain over the eastern Midwest, Ohio Valley, western Pennsylvania and New York. In the Northeast, a wintry mix over northern Vermont and New Hampshire and the entirety of Maine, with a possible ice storm over the northern half of the state.

Thursday: The Northwest will see rain and mixed precipitation over northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Snow is forecast for northern Washington and Idaho, western Montana, southeastern Idaho, and western Wyoming. Farther east, snow over northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Thunderstorms for portions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and the eastern Carolinas. Rain over the mid-South, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. A wintry mix over much of the Northeast, with a potential ice storm over northern Maine.

Friday: Mostly clear for much of the nation. Rain and a wintry mix for the Northwest. Snow over the western portions of Montana and Wyoming. Rain over central Florida with thunderstorms to the south. In the Northeast, a wintry mix for parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts, central and northeastern Maine, with rain and the state’s southern areas.

Storm expected to bring major delays for Thanksgiving travel 

Forecasters appear to have a consensus expecting a significant storm moving in early next week they anticipate will impact Thanksgiving travel. According to AAA, Thanksgiving travel could reach near pre-pandemic levels this year.

“Even though we are still almost a week out and forecasts can change, this looks like a planes, trains, and automobiles storm,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers predicted.

“We could be looking at a huge mess” and to expect “major delays” for Thanksgiving travel, forecasters for AccuWeather said. They predict that beginning Monday and into Wednesday of next week, travel may be hampered by gusty winds, soaking rain along the coast, lake-effect snow, and snow and flurries through the interior Northeast and Midwest. Cold air is expected to move down from Canada, turning temperatures colder overall.

According to AccuWeather, the most affected impact zone looks to encompass much of the eastern US stretching from Wisconsin into Michigan, across the Ohio Valley, mid-South, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Below average temperatures for eastern US for Thanksgiving week, above average in the West

According to the 6-10 day temperature outlook for November 21-25, released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), polar air moving down from Canada will drop temperatures below normal for the eastern half of the US, News4JAX reported. Meanwhile, the western half of the nation looks to have above-normal temperatures, with near-normal to somewhat above normal temperatures through the nation’s midsection. According to the forecast, the most significant below-normal temperatures will occur in the mid-South, Southeast and lower mid-Atlantic.