Your Thanksgiving Weather Forecast

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Thanksgiving 2015 travel forecast gets messy as you head west.

Nearly 47 million Americans are planning to hit the road or take to the skies this Thanksgiving weekend, but meteorologists are warning that many in West and the Plains may hit some travel troubles due to incoming snow and ice. More than 41 million Americans will be driving to reach the pumpkin pie, while about 4 million will be flying between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following, according to AAA. The Thanksgiving snowstorm will bring with it a “large swath” of both rain and snow and the possibility of ice in areas impacted by the emerging weather front, MSN reports.

The 300,000 extra travelers since last year alone could result in delays and traffic — as could heightened security in the wake of recent international terror attacks. 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.

Winter storm warnings were already in place on Monday in Montana, northern Idaho and eastern Washington, which could get smacked with snow in high elevations, according to the National Weather Service. 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. Still, he said it’s early yet to scrap travel plans or expect the worst since the forecast could change. “There are a lot of ingredients and a lot of details that have yet to be determined for later in the week,” he said. 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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