It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and it’s expected to be the busiest day for air travel, and conditions are improving after a stormy morning along the East.
Thankfully, much of the rest of the nation is getting a travel pass this Wednesday, but more ornery weather returns in the latter half of the holiday break for some heading home.
Travelers walk through OHare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 21, 2023, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
A storm system stretching hundreds of miles across slid along the East Coast, producing gusty winds in the Northeast, which created a few delays and cancelations at some major airport hubs.
Strong onshore winds at Providence, Rhode Island, also generated a 3-foot storm surge, but luckily, it was timed with low tide, so no flooding impacts occurred, according to the National Weather Service.
This storm also produced periods of heavy rain along and east of much of the Interstate 95 corridor during the first half of the day, as a low severe weather risk along the North Carolina coast lingers.
Most of the active weather will slide offshore by Wednesday afternoon, leaving calmer weather for travel by the end of the workday.
The severe weather threat on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. (FOX Weather)
Some places will pick up 5-8 inches of snow by the time the turkey hits the table Thursday.
A look at the snow still to come through Wednesday night, Nov. 22, 2023. (FOX Weather)
The next impactful storm will be sliding over the northern Rockies, bringing snow to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, the FOX Forecast Center said. This could create challenging driving conditions for anyone traveling.
Thanksgiving forecast. (FOX Weather)
The system will then drop more snow on Colorado and the Denver metro area on Black Friday. Farther south along the Gulf Coast, a disturbance will help spark showers and a few thunderstorms over Texas and Louisiana.
This rain would be beneficial for an area dealing with drought conditions.
Shoppers in Colorado and Utah will be dealing with a nasty snowstorm Friday. That storm will slide down the Rockies to end the week, producing widespread snow in several states, the FOX Forecast Center said.
More than a foot of snow is expected to fall in the mountains of Colorado, with several inches coming down on the Denver metro.
While not heavy, 1-3 inches of snow in these areas could make roads slick for anyone traveling after the holiday.
Black Friday forecast. (FOX Weather)
Conditions are expected to be mostly tranquil across the country on Saturday and Sunday for your return trip home, as temperatures hover mostly around where they should be for late November.
Saturday travel forecast. (FOX Weather)
If there is any wet weather, it is expected to be in the southern Plains, where some communities could even see frozen precipitation.
Sunday travel forecast. (FOX Weather)