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A look at Thanksgiving travel weather across the U.S.



One storm system just before Thanksgiving and a weaker storm system just after Thanksgiving will produce the only holiday travel woes.

Tuesday will really be the hardest day on airline flights as a large storm system brings rain into the eastern half of the U.S. This same storm will dump heavy snow on the inland areas and higher elevations of the Northeast. That storm’s precipitation will be winding down along the East Coast Wednesday morning. Today and Tuesday could have severe thunderstorms in Alabama and the Gulf Coast states.

Here’s the liquid precipitation from Wednesday through Thanksgiving to late Friday.

Wednesday morning could have one inch of rain over six hours in the morning over the far eastern U.S. This would be heavy enough rain so some slowdown and delays in airline travel can be expected at the busy airport along the East Coast. Thunderstorms will be moving and last only an hour or two in any one spot in Georgia and Florida.

Total liquid precipitation forecast for Wednesday, November 22NOAA

Thanksgiving will actually have fairly quiet weather. There will be some snow in the northern Rockies and some rain in southern Texas.


Total liquid precipitation forecast for ThanksgivingNOAA

Friday will see the snow grow over the central Rockies but otherwise quiet weather.


Total liquid precipitation forecast for Friday, November 24NOAA

Some of this precipitation will be snow, mainly in the Northeast Tuesday into early Wednesday and in the Rockies through the weekend.

Snowfall will be heavy Tuesday night into Wednesday in the northern areas of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


Wednesday before Thanksgiving snowfall forecast.NOAA

Thanksgiving will have snow only in the places they are used to lots of snow – the mountains in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.


Thanksgiving snowfall forecast.NOAA

The country will be without snow Friday expect for a large area of the central Rockies. Many areas could have 3 to 6 inches of snow.


Friday, day after Thanksgiving snowfall forecast.NOAA

Temperatures won’t be extremely abnormal for this time of year.


High temperature forecast for Thanksgiving 2023NOAA

From Chicago and Detroit southward, it will be pretty comfortable for late November. Florida will even feel like summer. Northern Michigan, northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, the northern Plains and the northern Rockies will feel like winter.

The only real weather issue you may encounter is the snowstorm and rainstorm in the Northeast Tuesday and early Wednesday.

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