Several storm systems moving through the country could put a dampener on over 110million Americans’ travel plans, with heavy rain and snow set to hit both coasts over the Thanksgiving week.
The multiple weather movements are expected to cause ground and air travel delays due to rain, wind and some snow, according to The Weather Channel.
Airlines are bracing for record numbers of travelers this Thanksgiving as the Transportation Security Administration expects to screen a record-breaking 30 million passengers from November 17 through November 28.
The Northeast is forecast to be hit particularly hard and see heavy rain and gusts of wind causing delays and wet roads.
‘A pre-Thanksgiving storm may bring travel impacts from the central to the eastern U.S. early next week,’ National Weather Service forecasters said. ‘Areas of severe thunderstorms, gusty winds, heavy rain, and heavy snow are all possible.’
Here is how the forecast breaks down over the next five days and what you should expect in your area for the holiday week:
The system is predicted to move East and spread rain and gusty winds through the central U.S.
Rain is forecast to soak the central Plains to the middle Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys on Monday and into the night. In the afternoon, the rain is expected to hit the Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati metro areas.
The worst of the weather related delays is predicted to come on Tuesday as the storms move up the east coast.
Rain is forecast to drench the East coast and wreck havoc on Thanksgiving travel
While some parts of the country have already seen snow this year (pictured: a person clearing snow in Montana on October 25), the northeast could see up to a foot during Thanksgiving week
Rain is predicted to drench the Pittsburgh and Atlanta areas, possibly seeing windy thunderstorms causing travel delays in the Georgia capital.
Fog and slick roads are expected to create dangerous driving conditions from the central Great Lakes to the Appalachian mountains on Tuesday.
Winds averaging 25-35 miles per hour with gusts of 40-45 miles per hour could cause delays at major east coast airports from Washington, D.C., to New York City, predicts AccuWeather.
Parts of northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont and Maine could also see chances of freezing rain.
Snowfall is expected in the northern-most area of the Northeast between Tuesday and Wednesday. Forecasts say part of New York and Massachusetts can expect one to three inches, while parts of Maine might see up to a foot of snow.
As the storm moves to the Northeast, it is predicted it will encounter colder temperatures that could cause snow in northern New England and parts of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The heaviest rain is thought to hit Boston on Wednesday morning then is expected to clear out and improve driving conditions.
Parts of the Pacific Northwest, such as Washington and Oregon into Montana and Idaho, is forecast to experience rain and mixed precipitation.
When Turkey Day arrives, much of the lower 48 is predicted to experience dry conditions and cooler temperatures.
Portions of New England and out West are forecast to get snow this Thanksgiving holiday
Out West, there is a chance areas in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming could see some snow.
The National Weather Service forecast Thanksgiving temperatures to be 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit colder than average across the central and southern High Plains.
They also predict the central and western Gulf Coast region to see highs 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit below normal.
The National Weather Service predicts the cool temperatures will stay through Friday.
Another storm is forecast to gather moisture over the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast bringing wet weather over the weekend.
However, not much else is forecast for the end of Thanksgiving weekend as a lot can change over the next few days.
Travelers are advised to take these weather conditions into consideration when making their Turkey Day travel plans.
AAA projected 55.4 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday.
They estimate 49.13 million people will travel by car and 4.69 million by plane.