People returning home from Thanksgiving celebrations may face travel delays due to a series of storms sweeping the country.
A strong cold front, followed by another fast-moving system, will affect many plains to the Midwest, and even the Northeast.
A second storm could bring the first measurable snowfall of the season to many cities on the East Coast.
Rain, wind, and snow are possible across the Northeast on Friday. However, major coastal cities along the I-95 corridor will see mainly rain.
Millions will still be affected by snow across the interior of New England through Friday, which is expected to be gone by Saturday morning.
Stormy wind conditions will remain, with winds gusting up to 55 mph for parts of the northeast.
“Right now, we’re looking at sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph, with wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph,” says the National Weather Service (NWS) in New York City.
Wind is one of the main reasons for travel delays in late fall and winter, and this weekend will be no exception.
We may see delays at the airport on Friday due to wind and some delays due to snow and snow removal in New England.
Cold temperatures will follow, affecting the vast majority of the eastern half 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 of delaying travel through Friday, with another atmospheric river event that will affect the region.
Heavy coastal rain and snowfall in the mountains are expected until Friday, with a slight break in the evening hours.
Hot places to travel Saturday weather
Big cities on the East Coast are off the hook Saturday, but parts of northern New England are still snowing.
Wind gusts will likely hit 40 mph, but Saturday still seems to be the best day to travel in this area.
The central United States will experience winds of up to 55 mph in some locations.
Cities like Minneapolis may experience excessive flight delays, as winds get stronger during peak hours.
Hot places to travel Sunday weather
By Sunday, the fast-moving storm system could bring a short snapshot of snow to the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Snow can arrive in the Washington, D.C. area late into the weekend, affecting flights as well as travelers on the road.
Some computer models are hinting at a possible intensification of the storm system off the mid-Atlantic coast.
If this scenario were implemented, snow would develop in eastern Pennsylvania, reaching Philadelphia and possibly farther north into New York City.
Of course, the timing and exact locations that will see snow will change in the coming days, but it’s well worth a watch as we head into the weekend.
In the northwest, another system is progressing with more rain over the weekend.
Seattle already saw 8.40 inches of rain in November, and the month will likely end as one of its wettest.
Overall, the weather will have some impact on travel, but it won’t be the massive impetus for the increased airport delays we’ve seen for several years.
Something to be thankful for, sure.