Businesses should prepare for a developing storm system that could cause disruptions for the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend
Threats: Heavy downpours, Heavy Snow, Gusty Winds, Travel Disruptions, Dangerous Road Conditions, Flooding
States affected: Eastern U.S.
When:Tuesday, November 22 - Saturday, November 26
THANKSGIVING TRAVEL TROUBLE
AccuWeather meteorologists are keeping a close eye on a significant storm that will form in the middle of the country with impacts on Thanksgiving travel this week. Businesses should prepare for hazards ranging from snow, heavy rain, and gusty winds. According to AAA, approximately 55 million people will hit the roads this Thanksgiving, close to pre-pandemic levels. Another 4.5 million will take to the skies. The weather system will cause delays to air passengers, and drivers should expect issues because of the number of people on the road.
The storm will produce rain and mountain snow on Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest. Areas from the Washington Cascades and the northern Rockies could see up to a foot of snow. As the storm moves east and enters the Plains, the lack of moisture will produce flurries and light snow. Florida and areas along the East Coast will see some downpours.
A large storm is expected to form in the center of the country on Thanksgiving Day. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico should link up with this system; however, if that connection doesn't happen, two separate storms could develop, creating downpours in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Conditions will deteriorate after the holiday. On Friday gusty winds, slippery roads, and travel disruptions are expected across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Areas from Washington, D.C., to Boston, will see mainly rain from this system. Regions that do not face significant impacts from precipitation could see gusty winds that could impact flights and drivers.