Your First Alert Forecast for holiday travel

Your First Alert Forecast for holiday travel
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - If you’re headed to the airport or hitting the road Wednesday to meet family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday then you are in luck, for the most part.

High pressure dominates the weather pattern for much of the continental United States. There are really only two spots that could cause problems or delays for holiday travel.

The first is in the Northeastern U.S. where snowfall could cause some minor flight delays and could make for slow going on highways and roads in that area. A low pressure system will be moving northeast through Maine bringing cold Canadian air over the warmer waters of the Great Lakes and mixing in some Atlantic moisture.

This will cause light to moderate snow showers from northern Ohio through Pennsylvania into Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

A few showers or snow showers will be possible along the coast from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, Connecticut, to New Jersey, and possibly as far south as Delaware but precipitation shouldn’t cause any significant delays in those areas.

The real problem in the Northeast and Upper Midwest will be cold temperatures as that Canadian air dips down into the Ohio Valley, the Midwest, and Northern Plains.

Father south a more tranquil and seasonal pattern will be in place with dry and mild conditions from Kentucky to Florida and west to Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. A few showers will be possible in Southern Texas along the coast but much of the state will be dry.

The four corners region will be chilly and dry Wednesday and temperatures there will also be near seasonal limits. The main area of travel concern leading up to Thanksgiving Day will be along the West Coast.

After being devastated by fires, California and the Pacific Northwest will have a Pacific front move on shore Wednesday that will bring much needed rain from Washington to Oregon and south into Southern California.

Although the rain is needed to take out the fires and suppress future fire development it brings the threat of mudslides to the now scorched and barren hillsides. This has the potential to create significant issues on roads and highways in areas affected by the fires.

That system will move east and bring the potential for heavy snow into the Rockies. Closer to home, holiday travel will not be impacted by weather.

Conditions will be dry Wednesday and Thursday with plenty of sunshine both days along with slightly cooler than average temperatures Wednesday followed by highs in the low to mid sixties Thanksgiving Day.

So, if you’re flying or driving this holiday you’re in for good travel conditions close to home and across much of the nation Wednesday and Thursday, and be sure to take along the First Alert Weather app.

You can set it to follow your location so you’ll have current weather information, radar, and forecasts no matter where you go.

Have a safe trip and Happy Thanksgiving from the First Alert Weather Team.

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