Traveling after Thanksgiving can cause headaches in the East


Thanksgiving is here and whether you hit the road or take to the skies, hopefully you reached your destination with minimal headaches. Thanks in part to the relatively calm weather this week, airlines have reported minimal delays and cancellations.

Unfortunately, that could change in the coming days as a more active weather pattern takes shape over the eastern US.

But first good news. The weather for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade looks excellent. Most sunny skies are in store and, most importantly, the wind will remain light so there should be no restrictions on the balloons.

Active weather begins on Thanksgiving Day in the Southern Plains.

“The main concern heading into the Thanksgiving holiday is the potential for a dynamic low-pressure system to hit parts of the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley with heavy rain, snow and thunderstorms,” ​​the Weather Prediction Center said.

Cities like Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Memphis, Tennessee, Shreveport, Louisiana and Little Rock, Arkansas will all experience rain and the chance of thunderstorms as we go through the day, which could impact outdoor cooking plans.

While the timing of the rain may not be the best, almost 70% of the south remains in drought conditions, so the rain will be beneficial. Widespread totals of 1 to 2 inches, with isolated higher amounts expected from East Texas to Mississippi.

Showers spread along a cold front late Thursday afternoon and into Thursday night moving north for the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. This rain will be more spread out and much lighter compared to the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Heavier rain from the Mississippi Valley will spread through the Deep South Thursday night and Friday morning, while light rain in the Ohio Valley will spread to the northeast. Most of this rain will move toward the coast by mid-afternoon Friday.

While the western U.S. will experience calm weather for Thanksgiving Day, Southern California is expecting another Santa Ana event that will cause increased fire in the Los Angeles area, particularly the San Gabriel Mountains in the Ventura Valley. Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 mph and may even reach 60 mph in some of the higher elevations. These winds, in combination with low relative humidity, will lead to unfavorable fire conditions.

As the rain pushes east, the stubborn upper level will bring low temperatures cold enough for snow in parts of West Texas.

“The back of the upper tier over the southern High Plains should have enough cold air to produce impressive snow accumulations in parts of eastern New Mexico and far western Texas beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing through Friday,” the Weather Prediction said. Centre. “Snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches, with higher amounts locally, especially in the higher elevations, are possible with potentially hazardous travel conditions.”

“There is still some uncertainty regarding the timing and placement of the heaviest snow tire associated with this system, but people doing Christmas shopping or traveling within the Texas Panhandle should be aware of the impact of Thursday night-Friday morning snow,” the weather forecast center said.

“We have the potential with snow streaks where one area gets little to no snow, and over a short distance another area could get several inches of snow,” the National Weather Service said in Amarillo.

Farther east, it will all rain in central Texas on Friday. The rain will spread to eastern Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley late Friday and Saturday as the snow clears. Another widespread 1 to 2 inches is expected, bringing some locations as high as 4 inches between Thursday and Saturday.

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Saturday night, the rain will move east again, into the Ohio Valley and the deep south.

On Sunday, rain will move further east throughout the day, affecting much of the east coast from northern Florida to New England.

This is likely to cause travel delays to many of the major hubs, from Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte early in the day, to New York, Philadelphia and Washington before noon.

While the rain is expected to cause travel delays to the east coast, little snow is expected this time.

“The good news is that temperatures should be high enough that almost all precipitation in the US will fall as rain, but the bad news is that the rain and high winds will mean wet roads and potentially long airport delays on Sunday for the big hubs in the Northeast,” said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.

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