Thanksgiving travel forecast

Turkey day is here, as is the busiest travel day of the year. And of course, the weather will play a huge part in if your trip is manageable or miserable.

There are two main weather systems that will do their best to make it every bit the latter. The first will bring rain showers to our area on Wednesday after 12 p.m. That same storm will be blasting the upper Midwest and Great Lakes with heavy snow as much colder air builds in across the Rockies and Plains. As the storm departs, it will leave behind windy conditions for the northeast on Thanksgiving Day.

Meanwhile, another storm will be developing over the western half of the country. First, the entire Pacific Coast will be dealing with rain and snow showers on Wednesday. At the same time, a stronger piece of energy will develop over Mexico and move north into the much colder air in place across the central U.S. This will lead to heavy snow and treacherous travel for parts of the Heartland as we head into Thursday.

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