Early indications are that the weather will cooperate for most holiday travelers over the Plains and West during the week of Thanksgiving, but there could be some problems in the South and East.
According to AAA, 43.4 million people are predicted to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving. Ninety percent of the projected Thanksgiving travelers will drive, with most motorists paying the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2010.
By next week, the painful blast of wind-driven Arctic air invading the Plains this week and East this weekend will fade in most areas while a storm sinking southward in the West will move away.
Cold air, bands of lake-effect snow and flurries will linger over the Upper Midwest much of next week.
However, the same storm affecting the West this week is forecast to slide slowly eastward during the week of Thanksgiving.
In the wake of the Southwest storm, most areas in the Plains and West are likely to be free of rain and snow for the big travel day Wednesday. The only exception may be part of the immediate Pacific coast, where a bit of rain may arrive.
Source: Alex Sosnowski | Accu Weather