Thanksgiving week weather has gotten off on a tranquil note across much of the Lower 48, and a storm expected to move in later in the week will be mild — but, because of holiday travel, even a weak system could have a significant impact on millions of people.
AAA is predicting travel this holiday week will be back to near pre-pandemic levels.
The two most common airport delays are low clouds and wind during winter, and the latter is expected Tuesday and possibly Wednesday across the Northeast.
Chicago could also see delays from wind, especially on Wednesday, when gusts of up to 40 mph is expected.
Behind the front, cold Canadian air will infiltrate the eastern third of the United States. With temperatures dropping to near the freezing mark in much of the Great Lakes region, air travel delays due to deicing are also possible, especially during the overnight and early-morning hours.
“Even in the Southeast, daily temperature anomalies of 10 to 15 degrees below normal are anticipated into Wednesday,” the Weather Prediction Center says.
Early in the week, the snowiest and most unsettled weather will be confined to the Northwest, from the Pacific coast and as far inland as the Northern Rockies.
“By Wednesday morning, the heaviest snowfall totals likely occur in the Cascades where over a foot of snow in the highest of elevations is expected. Parts of the Bitterroots and Lewis Range can also expect 6 to 12 inches of snowfall,” the WPC says.
The rain will take a break on Wednesday in this region, but rain will vary from light to moderate most of the week.
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Moderate rainfall, possibly heavy at times, is expected over parts of eastern Texas into Thanksgiving Day, the WPC says.
On Friday and Saturday, rain is forecast to spread across the eastern U.S., setting the stage for disruption at airports in the Northeast.
If you want more information, you can also check out the FAA’s official delay page, or Flight Aware’s misery map.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment