Holiday Travel Impacts Explained

The holiday week will feature a wet and blustery start in the East, followed by the coldest temperatures of the season. Meanwhile, a warm front lifting across the Plains and Midwest results in considerably warmer temps.  

Key Points:

  • AAA predicts more than 53.4 million people will travel this week, up 13% from 2020.
  • Coldest air of the season for the East
  • Rain from Ohio Valley to I-95
  • Blustery around the Great Lakes with locally heavy lake effect snow
  • Critical fire weather areas in the central High Plains and S. California

A storm will bring rain to parts of the Northeast including most of the big cities on Monday. As the cold front exits off the Atlantic coast, temperatures will turn sharply colder during the day, accompanied by blustery winds.

Tuesday will be the coldest day of the week in the East with temperatures struggling to get into the 40s. The next storm system approaches the area of Friday, bringing a chance for light rain back into the forecast.  

The Upper Great Lakes will receive several inches of snow today as cold air filters over the warm Great Lakes and activates the lake effect snow machine downwind of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario. Additional snowfall accumulations up to 6 inches is likely in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with several inches possible just east of Lakes Erie and Ontario. Expect difficult winter travel conditions in these areas.

In the West, the week begins with warm air as a large dome of high pressure expands over the nation’s heartland. Dry and gusty conditions will keep fire danger elevated in many areas.   Next frontal system will bring unsettled weather to the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies into Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the heaviest snowfall totals likely occur in the Cascades where a foot of snow in the highest of elevations is expected. A great boost for ski resorts set to open this holiday weekend.

Safe travels. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


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