Thanksgiving travelers could face delays and even cancellations as a result of the upcoming blizzard.
Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, not freezing weather. But this year’s forecast is so severe, travel experts are worried about the season’s importance to airlines and airports.
The “weather channel” is reporting that the weather system in the US has become so severe, that it threatens to disrupt Thanksgiving travel.
If you’re flying for the Thanksgiving holiday today or Sunday, November 20 and 21, you’re doing something right.
If you fly after that, you may encounter weather problems, which are threatening to delay Christmas travel this week.
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High winds, rain, and maybe snow are expected to hit some of the Midwest and Northeast’s busiest airports and population centers as part of a large storm system heading eastward.
With so many people expected to travel to start the Christmas season — the Transportation Security Administration estimates as many as 20 million – things may become a little crazy.
It’s not so much the rain as it is the wind, according to CNN, which is one of two leading reasons of delays in the winter, along with low cloud cover.
CNN broke out what flyers would encounter this week on a day-by-day basis.
SUNDAY AND TODAY – Because the storm is still affecting western states like Montana and Wyoming, today is the best day of the week to travel. As it approaches the Midwest on Sunday, the storm intensifies. According to the Chicago National Weather Service, “current indicators show wind gusts might peak in the 35 to 40 mph range.”
TUESDAY – The front is still moving from west to east and is rather large, spanning north from Maine to Florida. It will rain, although the amount may vary depending on the prediction. The Weather Prediction Center told CNN that “moderate to heavy rainfall should continue throughout areas of New England, with the highest totals (in excess of an inch) reaching far northeast Maine on Monday.”
WEDNESDAY – The main east coast airports of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Boston may be impacted at this time. Winds of up to 25 miles per hour and gusts of up to 35 miles per hour are expected, according to the National Weather Service of New York. “In reality, most locations will see highs in the 40s (20s in mountains) on Tuesday, with lows in the 20s,” the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C. warned.
FROM WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY – On Wednesday, the rain and wind might last a little longer in the Northeast. In the South and Southwest, moderate to heavy rain is expected on Thanksgiving Day. By the weekend, another storm in the Midwest will surge east, bringing wind, rain, and maybe snow.
The “storms restaurant” is a threat that could disrupt Thanksgiving travel. Storms are expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds, which can cause flooding and power outages.
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