Thanksgiving 2015 travel forecast gets messy as you head west

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clear And Crisp Start To Week, Ahead Of Mild And Wet Thanksgiving.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The next couple days will be unseasonably cold for Chicago, and while temperatures will be mild for Thanksgiving Day, it’s likely to be a soggy holiday. Most of Central Florida is waking up to temperatures in the 40s or low-50s, with wind chills making those temps feel at least 5 degrees colder, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. After a weekend that saw the biggest November snowstorm in more than 100 years, Monday started clear but cold, with temperatures still in the 20s as of 9 a.m. Here in New Jersey, it should be mostly sunny and dry on the biggest travel day — Wednesday — and partly sunny and dry on Thanksgiving Day as temperatures continue to climb. “A large chunk of the East is going to be dry,” said Tom Kines, an AccuWeather meteorologist, who noted temperatures in New Jersey will be running higher than usual on Thanksgiving. “There should be an abundance of sunshine.” As for Black Friday, the long-range forecast originally called for a chance of rain, but now it’s looking likely the big shopping day will be dry and pleasant, with partly sunny skies and the temperature reaching a spring-like 62 degrees in northern New Jersey and as high as 67 in southern New Jersey. (Sounds like a better day for outdoor activities than for indoor shopping sprees.) “The major airports and smaller hubs from Atlanta to Boston, New York City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are not likely to experience direct weather-related delays,” said Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. “An exception to the snow-free weather will be a round of snow showers from northern Minnesota to western and northern New York state, northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio from Monday into Tuesday. However, there will not be a significant snowfall.” Jerseyans traveling to Chicago and other parts of the Midwest on Wednesday may encounter rain, but not snow, Kines said.

Further west, several inches of snow could fall in the high mountain areas of Colorado, Utah and western Kansas, but no blockbuster snowstorms — like the one that clobbered that region last week — are expected this week. A light jacket should be all that’s needed for a shopping trip on Black Friday, when the high is expected to reach about 64 degrees with a partly sunny sky. If your travel plans are flexible, meteorologists’ advise you consider traveling on Tuesday, ahead of the storm — and to keep a close eye on the forecast.

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