People returning home from the Thanksgiving festivities may face travel delays as a series of storms sweep the country.
A strong cold front, followed by another fast-moving system, will affect many people from the plains to the mid-west and even the northeast.
The second storm could bring the season’s first measurable snowfall to several cities along the East Coast.
Rain, wind and snow are possible across the Northeast on Friday. However, major coastal cities along the I-95 corridor will receive mainly rain.
As of Friday, millions of people in the interior of New England will still be affected by snow, which is expected to clear by Saturday morning.
Strong winds gusting to 55 mph will occur in some parts of the northeast.
“Right now, we are seeing winds of 15 to 25 mph gusts of 25 to 35 mph,” says the National Weather Service (NWS) office in New York City.
Wind is one of the main reasons for travel delays in the late autumn and winter months, and this weekend will be no exception.
We could see airport delays due to wind and some delays due to snow and de-icing in New England on Friday.
Colder temperatures will follow, affecting most parts of the eastern part of the country.
From Texas to Maine, temperatures will be anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees below normal on Friday and Saturday.
The Pacific Northwest will also be at risk for travel delays through Friday, with another atmospheric river event preparing to affect the region.
There is a possibility of heavy coastal rain and mountain snow till Friday and there will be a slight break in the evening hours.
Saturday Weather Travel Hot Spots
Major cities on the East Coast are closed on Saturdays, but parts of northern New England can still see snow.
Wind gusts are expected to reach 40 mph, but Saturday still looks like a better travel day in the region.
Winds will reach 55 mph in some places in Central America.
There may be more flight delays in cities like Minneapolis, as winds are stronger during peak volume hours.
Sunday Weather Travel Hot Spots
By Sunday, a fast-moving storm system could bring a brief shot of snow to the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Snow can reach the Washington, D.C., area late into the weekend, affecting flights as well as road commuters.
Some computer models are pointing to the possibility of an intensification of the hurricane system over the mid-Atlantic coast.
If this scenario unfolds, ice will develop in eastern Pennsylvania, reaching as far north as Philadelphia and possibly as far north as New York City.
Of course, the timing and exact location of snow viewing will change in the coming days, but as we get closer to the end of the week, it’s worth a look.
To the northwest, another system moves forward with more rainfall over the weekend.
Seattle has already received 8.40″ of rain in November, and this month is likely to end as the heaviest.
Overall, the weather will have some impact on travel, but it will not be under severe pressure from increasing airport delays as we have seen in a few years.
Certainly something to be thankful for.