Nor'easter Expected to Snarl Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More than 46 million people will be traveling this week for Thanksgiving, making it the most-traveled day in United States this year.

Several areas around the country, however, will see unsettled weather that could interrupt your travel plans.

Snow is expected to fall on I-35 from Twin Cities to Des Moines and on I-94 through Wisconsin. Also, I-5 from Seattle to Portland will be wet with occasional pounding due to heavy rain forecast there. I-90 will be snow covered through the northern Rockies as well.

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And of course how can we forget the east coast where a significant Nor'easter is set to hit.

From Orlando to Raleigh on I-95 it will be heavy rain with local flooding possible. I-95 from D.C. to New York will begin to see rain as early as Wednesday morning, with showers arriving in Boston in the late morning.

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast. Washington, D.C. could see 1 to 2 inches; Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches. Thanksgiving Day will be mostly dry for the I-95 corridor, but snow will be flying on I-94 on Thursday from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin with a few inches possible there.

For the West coast, it will be a wet ride on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco with heavy rain, especially in Washington and Oregon. Minor flooding is possible.

If you are traveling over the northern Rockies on I-90 from Seattle to Billings, Montana, watch out for some snow covered roads as you go over Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes.Most of the South will be dry on Thanksgiving from Orlando to Atlanta, Dallas, and L.A.

For your return trip on Sunday, most of the country will be in a good shape.

I-95 corridor will be dry from Florida to Maine. The only trouble spot will be west coast where heavy rain is possible on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco and even some rain possible in Southern California late Sunday night.

For Great Lake and Northern Plains, snow showers are possible with 1-2 inches of snow accumulation. With milder air further east, rain showers are possible in Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

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