Thanksgiving Week Travel & RV Weather Outlook p.m. Wednesday 17 November 2021

Extended outlooks are more general in nature than the daily short term forecasts. Beyond a week, there is often significant uncertainty in the location and intensity of specific weather events. I will note where there is less, or greater, confidence than normal in these extended outlooks.

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Here is the latest short term weather forecast.

  • No big snowstorms impacting travel for Thanksgiving week.
    • Some lake effect snows Monday night and Tuesday
  • There will be a number of storms impacting both the west and the east with heavy rains and gusty winds.
  • Cooler than average in the Southeast; warmer than average in the West.

Outlook for Saturday 20 November – Wednesday 24 November:

— Storm develops over the western Great Lakes Sunday evening and moves up the St. Lawrence valley by Monday night.

— Rain, some heavy, in the Northeast on Monday. Windy over the Midwest on Monday.

— Lake effect snows develop over Michigan Monday, then move east to NY, PA, WV western MD Monday night and Tuesday morning.

— Rain and mountain snows for the Pacific Northwest Monday night and Tuesday.

— Wind will be the main issue on Wednesday. Windy over New England, Southern Plains and mid-Mississippi River Valley, and the Northern Plains. Snow in the Northern Plains.

— In general, warmer than normal over New England, the Southern Plains, the Rockies and the Southwest. Cooler than normal over FL and the Southeast.

Outlook for Thanksgiving Day 25 November – Sunday 28 November:

— Pacific storms Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday storm is stronger and could bring rain as far south as San Francisco.

— Low pressure develops over northeast TX on Thanksgiving but unclear where this storm will go. There is potential for it to move into the mid-Mississippi River Valley, bringing significant rain and thunderstorms to the east and some snow to MO and AR. Lots of uncertainty with this storm at this time though.

— Similar temperature pattern as described earlier: Cooler than average over the Southeast, warmer than average over the Rockies and West as well as New England.

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