Thanksgiving Week Travel & RV Weather Outlook updated p.m. Friday 19 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, and possibly Thursday night / Friday.
  • Several storms impact the West with heavy rains and gusty winds.
  • Several pulses of high winds over the Northern Rockies on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (28th).
  • Cooler than average in the East; 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 Sunday night and Monday.

— Lake effect snows develop over Michigan Monday, then move east to Monday night and Tuesday morning.

— Rain and mountain snows for the Pacific Northwest Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

— In general, warmer than normal over the Southern Plains, the Rockies and the Southwest. Cooler than normal over much of the East.


Outlook for Thanksgiving Day 25 November – Sunday 28 November:

— Rain develops Wednesday night and Thursday over east TX and the lower Mississippi River Valley.

— Pacific storms Thursday and Saturday. CA now looks to stay mostly dry.

— Still uncertainty with regards to the Thanksgiving TX low. But the mid- and deep-South and lower Ohio River Valley should be prepared for unsettled conditions late Thanksgiving week and weekend.

— Possibility of a clipper-like low bringing light snow to the upper Midwest Saturday and Sunday.

— Similar temperature pattern as described earlier: Cooler than average over the East, warmer than average over the West.

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