Traveling at Thanksgiving? We all know this means chaos and stress and something to be avoided as much as possible. The American Automobile Association has projected that 54.3 million individuals will travel 50 miles or more away from their homes for this year’s Thanksgiving and even in the absence of disruptive weather, the sheer volume of people on the roads can cause travel time to double according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist, Alex Sosnowski.
If you’re planning on travelling this Thanksgiving we have put together some important weather and travel information, from across the country, to keep you safe and stress-free wherever and whenever you are traveling.
Snowflakes to fly in Northeast
The early taste of winter is expected to continue from last week, across the Northeast with batches of snow sweeping through the area and possibly leading to slick travel on occasion in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Motorists should prepare for possibly slick and snow-covered portions of interstates 75, 81, 87, 90, 91 and 95 in the days ahead. The greatest disruptions to travel may occur Monday night into Tuesday from portions of Pennsylvania to Maine as a storm takes shape and lays a swath of accumulating snow.
Rain to dampen travel in Southeastern Texas
Travelers in southeastern Texas areas may contend with reduced visibility and ponding of water on the roadways as downpours cross the area at the start of the week. “There is the possibility of wet roads and perhaps minor airline delays in Houston,” Sosnowski said.
Storm to arrive along West Coast at midweek
Reduced visibility from wildfire smoke will be the main concern for travelers in California on Monday and Tuesday. However, a pattern change will bring needed rainfall to the state starting on Wednesday. While rain is not normally a welcome idea during busy travel times and near the holiday, any rain with a lack of strong winds would greatly favor firefighting efforts and reduce the risk of new fires igniting, according to Sosnowski. Despite the good news of rainfall, motorists will face slick roads as oil buildup from weeks of dry weather mixes with the rain.
If you are traveling for this year’s Thanksgiving you can download the AccuWeather app or visit their website www.AccuWeather.com to find out exactly when the weather could add further slowdowns to your journey. Travel safe and stress-free this Thanksgiving!