Storm System Could Impact Thanksgiving Travel

November 21, 2023

A low pressure system … will send a wave of inclement weather through the eastern two-thirds of the country through the next couple of days.

The Weather Prediction Center on a storm system that could cause travel delays at airports and on the road amid some of the United States’ busiest travel days of the year.

Why It Matters: Heavy rain forecast in the central and eastern United States could impact Thanksgiving week travel. Meteorologists expect the worst conditions to hit on Tuesday, impacting “from the Great Lakes to the Northeast down to the Southeast” (USA Today). Rain may also impact the Midwest; in New England and the upper Midwest, snow is a possibility. Most of the inclement weather should clear up by Wednesday, with ideal weather for travel expected headed into Thanksgiving day.

Something to Consider: More than 55 million people are estimated to travel 50 or milesfrom their home for the Thanksgiving holiday, marking a 2.3% increase from last year, per the AAA. This year’s forecast “marks the third-highest Thanksgiving forecast since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000. The top two years were 2005 and 2019, respectively (AAA).

Read More:

A storm may threaten Thanksgiving travel in eastern US: Expect wet and icy roads (USA Today)

Where Rain, Snow or Severe Storms Could Disrupt Thanksgiving Travel (The New York Times)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas