Nearly 55 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this week as the United States prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, and the FOX Forecast Center is tracking a potential storm in the East that could impact plans and travel for the next holiday weekend.
So whether you’re staying local or traveling across the country, FOX Weather will keep you ahead of any trouble the weather may bring you.
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What’s the forecast for the day before Thanksgiving?
Wednesday is shaping up to be a busy travel day, with millions of Americans hitting the road, taking a flight or boarding a train to get to their destination before Thanksgiving.
Sunny skies are expected in the northeast on Wednesday, so it should be easy for anyone hitting the road or flying ahead of the big day, but as always, it’s a good idea to call your airline directly to check for any delays. or flight cancellations. before leaving for the airport.
New York City is expected to experience high temperatures in the mid-50s. Further south, Norfolk, Virginia is expected to reach near 60 degrees for an afternoon high.
It will warm up the further south you go, such as in Atlanta, where it should reach the upper 60s with some cloudiness.
Miami will be the hot spot with a high temperature of around 83 degrees.
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A storm system that will bring rain and snow to millions of Americans on Thanksgiving Day will begin to form over Intermountain West on Wednesday.
Temperatures will range from the lower 40 degrees in Billings, Montana, to around 50 degrees in Denver, but snow will be possible at higher elevations.
Rain showers are possible from Texas to Missouri, and temperatures in this region are expected to be in the upper 50s.
Calm weather is expected in the West, with Seattle having a high temperature of around 50 degrees and Los Angeles with sunny skies and a high temperature of 74 degrees.
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What’s the weather like on Thanksgiving?
The FOX Forecast Center will track a storm that will develop from Thanksgiving and move east over the holiday weekend.
Heavy rain and snow are expected for millions of Americans with the large storm system.
“It’s kind of a tune-up,” said FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin. “Remember, yesterday we still had questions about how this whole development would play out with this low pressure area over Texas. Well, it looks like it will last a little longer over the Lone Star State.”
Merwin said there could be thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast, which could slow travel on roads and in the skies, so people traveling on Thanksgiving should prepare for possible delays. Showers are also expected to spread north into the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes.
“From Austin to Houston to New Orleans, and yes, you see snow for the (Texas) Panhandle,” Merwin said.
According to the FOX Forecast Center, a potentially major snowstorm could occur in the Texas Panhandle, which includes the city of Amarillo.
Early indications suggest the possibility of around 3 inches of snow, but that could increase as forecast details become clearer through the week.
Travel impacts are likely, so be sure to slow down on the roads and call your airline before heading to the airport to ensure your flight isn’t delayed or canceled.
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Elsewhere across the country, sunshine is once again expected in the northeast and conditions for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade are excellent. New York City will see high temperatures of around 50 degrees with light winds, which is good news for balloons rolling down city streets.
The cold air will remain in the northern part of the country, Fargo, North Dakota, experiencing high temperatures around freezing point.
More sunshine is expected in the west, with high temperatures in the 50s from Seattle to Reno, Nevada, and in the upper 70s in Los Angeles.
What’s the weather on Black Friday?
If you’re heading out the door to shop on Black Friday, you might want to grab the jackets and raincoats if you’re one of the millions of Americans living along the East Coast, Southeast and the gulf coast.
The storm system that the FOX Forecast Center is monitoring will continue to deliver heavy rain and snow from the Texas Panhandle across the Gulf Coast.
Dallas will see rain on Friday and a high temperature of around 53 degrees.
Temperatures will remain in the upper 50s from Atlanta to Norfolk, and rain is expected in those places as well.
These wet conditions will extend to the northeast and into New England, where some higher elevations may see some snow.
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The cold air will remain in Fargo, but there will be plenty of sunshine there.
And to the west, Seattle will see rain and cooler temperatures, with a high in the upper 40s.
What will the weather be like Thanksgiving weekend?
As we head into Saturday, the main storm system will begin rolling out of Texas with rain spreading over areas from the Midwest to the Southeast.
Lightning and heavy rain are expected, and in the south rain totals could range from 2 to 3 inches through the end of the weekend.
Some of these areas could see higher totals of up to 5 inches.
A storm system is also expected to affect parts of the west, with rain and snow in the high elevations of the Cascades and Rocky Mountains.
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And by Sunday, the storm system will move toward the East Coast as downpours persist in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes, according to the FOX Forecast Center.
Rain is expected from New York and New England eastward to the Carolinas, coastal Georgia and Florida and will likely impact travel on roads and for people flying home them after the holidays.
The good news is that it will likely remain a rainy event, with snow less likely as the slow moving storm system will allow more warm air to mix in.
However, a few inches of snow are not ruled out in the higher elevations of northern New England on Sunday and Monday.