Planning Early Thanksgiving Travel? Might Need to Rethink That

  • Storms will pass through Midwest, eastern U.S. over weekend
  • Unsettled weather will shift to West Coast for Thanksgiving

Bad news first: If you were planning to hit the roads this weekend to get a head start on the Thanksgiving holiday, there’s a good chance you’re about to hit a lot of bad weather, too.

A cluster of fast-moving thunderstorms and drenching rain are forecast to move quickly across the eastern U.S., so this coming Saturday and Sunday could prove to be the worst days for travel, said Michael Schichtel, a senior branch forecaster with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center based in College Park, Maryland. People catching flights may run into delays, and drivers should expect some slowdowns, according to AccuWeather.

The good news: The bad weather should dissipate across most of the continental U.S. by the beginning of next week, just in time for the Nov. 23 Turkey Day. So the 50.9 million Americans planning travel from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 should be largely in the clear.

Source: U.S. Weather Prediction Center

That is, unless you’re in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Pacific moisture and onshore flow are forecast to persist in that region, contributing to some rain on the coast and wet snow over the mountains through the week, according to the Weather Prediction Center. New York and the U.S. Northeast are also facing the prospects of a deep chill that could have temperatures in some places reaching the low 30s and 40s Fahrenheit.

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