Expect a warm up, wet, then cold as a storm system begins to develop on Sunday, strengthening. A second storm could develop by Tuesday, bringing significant rain, snow, and winds affecting Thanksgiving travel.
Here is your 3-day outlook from the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast.
Wednesday: Mostly clear for the western half of the nation. Snow is forecast over northern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Thunderstorms over eastern Texas into much of Louisiana, all of Arkansas, northern Mississippi, western Tennessee, southern Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and western Kentucky. Thunderstorms are expected for southern Florida. Rain is forecast over the eastern Midwest, Ohio Valley, and western Pennsylvania and New York. Mixed precipitation is anticipated over northern Vermont and New Hampshire and the entirety of Maine, with a potential ice storm over the northern half of the state.
Thursday: Rain, mixed precipitation, and snow move in over the Northwest affecting parts of northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Snow is forecast for western Montana, southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming, as well as northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Thunderstorms are likely over portions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and the eastern Carolinas. Rain is expected over the mid-South, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and Northeast. A wintry mix is predicted over much of the Northeast, with a potential ice storm over northern Maine.
Friday: More rain and a wintry mix for the Northwest, with snow over the western portions of Montana and Wyoming. Mostly clear for the remainder of the nation, with rain over Central Florida and thunderstorms to the south. In the Northeast, a wintry mix for portions of Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts, central and northeastern Maine, with rain for the state’s southern areas.
Several forecasters are predicting a significant storm to occur next week that could impact Thanksgiving travel – and it’s predicted to be a busy season. According to AAA, Thanksgiving travel this year could reach near pre-pandemic levels.
“Even though we are still almost a week out and forecasts can change, this looks like a planes, trains, and automobiles storm,” said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.
Forecasters for AccuWeather say, “we could be looking at a huge mess” and to expect “major delays” for Thanksgiving travel. They caution Monday through Wednesday next week will bring gusty winds, soaking rain at the coast, lake effect snow, snow, and flurries through the interior Northeast and Midwest, and temperatures turning colder overall.
According to AccuWeather, the strongest impact zone encompasses Wisconsin, Michigan, the Ohio Valley, mid-South, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast.
The national oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) released its 6-10 day temperature Outlook for November 21-25, News4JAX reported. The western half of the nation looks to have above-normal temperatures, with near-normal to somewhat-above normal temperatures through the nation’s midsection, while polar air coming down from Canada will move over the eastern half of the nation, bringing below-normal temperatures, especially for the mid-South, Southeast and lower mid-Atlantic.