WED PM UPDATE: Thanksgiving Week Travel Forecast - KMSP-TV

WED PM UPDATE: Thanksgiving Week Travel Forecast

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WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: METEOROLOGIST STEVE FRAZIER

Locally overnight we see an area of snow moving through NE MN and into Wisconsin. This will stay far north of the metro, but those of you off to the Northeast, keep and eye out for a good dusting. Here is FUTURECAST at 4:00 AM.

You can see that clearing moves in for Thanksgiving Day although temps will be a bit cooler.

That big storm on the East Coast continues to move on, taking the wild weather with it. Most of the Country is looking bright and sunny, with the coldest weather across the Upper Midwest.

Stay warm everyone. Frazier

 

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AAA expects some 40 million people (roughly the population of California) to travel more than 50 miles to their holiday destination. Weather plays a key role in all travel plans and unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it, but it sure helps to know what to expect. Right now, the worst weather is expected up and down the east coast Tuesday through Thanksgiving morning as a large storm system dumps heavy rain on the coast and some heavy snow on inland locations. Here is the 2 day liquid precipitation forecast for the U.S. from Monday evening through Wednesday evening.

You can see that much of the east can expect 1 to 4 inches of liquid with inland locations from the Southern Appalachians to Vermont getting freezing rain and up to a foot of snow. Thankfully, for those driving within a few hundred miles of the state, the trip should be pretty uneventful weather wise. Yes, the lake effect snow machine will be cranking with up to 8 inches of snow in the lake effect snow belts south of Lake Superior and east of Lake Michigan. But as long as you aren't headed to those locations, weather should impact your driving very little. The following is the forecast region wide from Tuesday through Friday, followed by the Airport forecast map for the same time period.

Remember that the air travel graphics are just a forecast for weather related delays. There could be unforeseen delays at other airports and some airlines may provide on time service while others do not. A green jet on the map indicates that travel delays due to weather are not expected. A yellow jet indicates that travel delays due to weather are possible. A red jet indicates that travel delays due to weather are likely with significant delays possible.

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