Traveling for Thanksgiving? Meteorologists warn of winter storms.

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Thanksgiving 2015 travel forecast gets messy as you head west.

The Thanksgiving snowstorm will be sparked by a collision between cold air in the West and the Plains and a warmer air surge in the Eastern United States. 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.

Although Travis does predict the rain will prompt flooding to any high level of possibility, the AccuWeather meteorologist did state that localized hazards could result in the expected torrential downpour. The weatherman suggests NFL fans traveling to Lambeau Field to watch the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears ditch the winter jackets and grab a raincoat and an umbrella.

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