Forecast Highlights for Thanksgiving Travelers

If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, it will be an active holiday week across the nation. In this blog, we’ll go over some of the potential trouble spots across the country.  Below are some forecast highlights.

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Winter Storm Warnings. Check road conditions and flight delays if traveling.

Winter Storm Warnings. Check road conditions and flight delays if traveling.

Wednesday

Pacific Northwest/Rockies: Rain and higher elevation snow will be likely across the Pacific Northwest and Rockies ahead of an area of low pressure on Wednesday. Up to 16 inches of snow will be possible in the highest elevations with 4-8 inches in the lower elevations. Winds may be strong at times, limiting visibilities.

Midwest/Great Lakes: Light to moderate snow will be possible from the Plains to the Ohio River Valley ahead of an area of low pressure. Accumulations will be less than an inch.

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NAM Simulated Radar, Pressure, Winds 12 pm CST (Wednesday, November 26)

Mid Atlantic/New England: An area of low pressure moving northward along the east coast will bring rain and snow to portions of the Mid Atlantic and the Northeast. Up to 10 inches of snow will be possible from New York to Massachusetts. Snow will be heavy at times, causing travel difficulties and possible power outages.

NAM Simulated Radar, Pressure, Winds 10AM PST

NAM Simulated Radar, Pressure, Winds 4 pm EST (Wednesday, November 26)

Thanksgiving Day

Pacific Northwest/Rockies: Light snow will continue through the morning, but will end by the afternoon.

Great Lakes: Snow flurries possible across the region in the morning. No significant accumulations expected.

Cascades: Snow and heavy rain possible ahead of an area of low pressure moving into the region. 3-5 inches of snow will be possible for the higher elevations. For the lower elevations, heavy rain is likely. 1-2 inches of rain will be possible.

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NAM Simulated Radar, Pressure, Winds 4 pm PST (Thursday, November 27)

Friday

Northern Plains: A fast moving clipper system will bring some light snow to portions of the Northern Plains. Accumulations should be less than an inch.

Pacific Northwest: Heavy rain and snow will begin to subside as a frontal boundary moves east of the region.

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NAM Simulated Radar, Pressure, Winds 4 pm PST (Friday, November 28)

Special Update (Wednesday, November 26, 2014):  As expected, the winter storm has developed and is moving up the East Coast.  Heavy rain and heavy snow are impacting a large part of the mid-Atlantic and New England.  More information.