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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Tue, 11/23/2010 - 11:37am.
If you're one of the 40 million Americans headed out of town for Thanksgiving, we've got your forecast right here for the busiest travel day of the year! Whether you're hitting the highways, or trying your luck at the airports - much of the East Coast should be spared from some active weather, at least for tomorrow. Let's take a look at the maps and see what Mother Nature has in store.
If you're sticking in the Carolinas, that's good news weather-wise. A cold front will swing through the region overnight, largely clearing the area by Wednesday morning. Any rain showers will be gone and most of the state will see a good amount of sunshine. This means dry roadways for I-40 / I-85 / I-95 and other main byways across the Carolinas. It's also good news if you have a flight out of ILM or even Raleigh or Charlotte, as at least the weather on the ground here should not cause you any delays -- I can't make predictions about pat-downs or protesters though!
Heading farther out across the Southeast we start to see our next weather system. A cold front draped across the Central US will send rain showers into the Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Ohio Valley by Wednesday afternoon. This could mean wet roadways, with even the potential for some strong thunderstorms anywhere from Arkansas to Illinois. The East Coast will stay dry though northward to New York and south to Florida.
Across the entire country, the weather picture does get a bit more hectic. If your long distance travel plans take you northward, you may run into a major winter storm. That's what we will find across the Upper Midwest and the Northern Plains. Not only will we have freezing temperatures below zero at times, but heavy snow is expected across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. Combine high winds to the equation and you have a setup for major delays in cities like Minneapolis, Madison, Fargo, or Milwaukee. The good news is, the major hubs of the Northeast do look to be dry for Wednesday.
The bottom line for tomorrow is -- East Coast looks good, some wet weather farther west, and a winter storm in the northern plains. If you're waiting until Turkey Day itself to hit the road (like myself), the active weather will shift to the East. We'll have more details on that heading into tomorrow.
Happy traveling - and have a great holiday!
By: Tim Buckley