New Jersey Weather: The early travel forecast for Thanksgiving includes two potential storm threats
Two storm systems, including a possible coastal storm this weekend, could disrupt travel plans for people in the eastern U.S. looking to make an early jump on Thanksgiving travel, forecasters say.
Don’t change any travel plans just yet, because distant forecasts could easily fade away. But as of Tuesday, forecasters from AccuWeather, National Weather Service and NY NJ PA Weather are calling for a coastal storm to develop late Friday or Saturday.
Steven DiMartinoThe president of New York weather forecasting firm NJ PA, based in Monmouth County, says a cold front from the west could combine with a storm system that appears to be brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf system could develop into a coastal storm off the mid-Atlantic coast by Saturday, bringing the risk of moderate rain to the Jersey Shore and scattered showers to inland portions of New Jersey on Saturday, DiMartino said.
Next, a wave of cold air from northern Canada will likely blow into the New Jersey area on Monday, followed by a possible rainstorm that could impact travel on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — which is typically one of the busiest travel days. Of the year.
AccuWeather forecasters say they are also tracking a possible coastal storm this weekend and another storm system next week.
“As Thanksgiving week begins, a large storm could gather over the central and eastern United States, potentially causing a ripple effect of pre-holiday travel disruptions,” AccuWeather said in an early forecast report on its website. “The storm will develop along a slow-moving cold front and produce moderate to heavy rain from the Ohio and Tennessee valleys to the East Coast on Tuesday.”
AccuWeather believes the storm “will advance eastward through Wednesday, resulting in an uptick in weather-related delays across more than a dozen states next week.”
AccuWeather said that among the cities that may experience airport delays due to the weather next week are Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and Detroit.
The National Weather Service’s regional forecast office in Mount Holly said rain and wind impacts from a potential weekend coastal storm are not a lock for New Jersey at this time, because the bulk of the storm may end up in New England.
Right now, the weather service is predicting a 50% chance of rain in the Garden State on Friday night and a 30% chance of rain on Saturday.
Meanwhile, New Jersey could have a gradual warm trend this week, with cool mornings but afternoon highs rising to the mid-50s on Wednesday and lows in the 60s on Thursday and Friday.
The sky is expected to be mostly sunny on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by an increase in clouds on Friday.
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