Thanksgiving Travel: Will A Holiday Storm Affect Flights?

Accuweather Thanksgiving TravelAs millions of people take to the roads and skies during the week of Thanksgiving, a storm will impact travel in the West, while mild weather will bounce back in much of the East, according to Accuweather.

As reported by the American Automobile Association (AAA), 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles or more away from home during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The majority of people traveling over the eastern two-thirds of the nation should not have snow and ice to contend with from Monday through Wednesday, next week. As is sometimes the case during mild weather in November, patchy fog could slow down some morning travelers from the interior South to New England. However, the weather in the East is likely to feature the most favorable travel conditions with sunshine.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "We expect another large storm to roll from the Pacific and expand toward the central Rockies during the week of Thanksgiving."

The storm is likely to spread drenching rain along part of the Pacific coast and heavy snow in portions of the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and the Rockies, spanning Monday to Wednesday.

Travel along parts of interstates 25, 70, 80 and 90 in the higher elevations of the West are likely to be slippery.
Cities that could be directly affected by the storm next week include Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Denver.

"The exact strength and timing of the storm is still uncertain," Anderson added.

If the storm takes a southerly route, then heavy rain and mountain snow may also sweep into Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. Such a storm track could have significant impact on travel in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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