The storm stretches across the country for more than 1,500 miles with travel problems continuing into Thanksgiving
A powerful storm system is moving across the United States, bringing rain, high winds, snow and severe storms to more than 30 states.
The widespread storm is expected to make travel difficult. Whether you’re one of the 55.4 million Americans traveling by land or air, you can count on the FOX Forecast Center to provide you with all the information you need before you embark on your journey.
Millions of travelers planning to travel across the East for Thanksgiving could face disruptions due to widespread rainfall expected Tuesday.
According to the FOX Forecast Center, a 1,545-mile-long storm system extending from Florida to Maine will cause travel impacts.
Tuesday is expected to be the worst day for Thanksgiving travel, and travelers are advised to take precautions and check with their airlines for any updates or changes to their travel plans.
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“Earlier flights will have an easier time, that’s what we typically see. But today’s weather is a big part of that,” FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin said. “The weather will be more difficult to deal with, and the crowds will be more difficult to deal with as we make our way through the rest of the day.”
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As the main system moves into the Ohio Valley, a secondary system from Canada will dive southward, providing an additional boost to the ongoing storm. That will allow snow to fall across the Great Lakes region, with mostly rain elsewhere in the Northeast, the Fox Forecast Center said.
This storm originated in the Pacific Ocean, but because cold air is limited, any winter weather outside the Great Lakes region will only affect the highest elevations in the interior northeastern areas.
Along Interstate 95, rain is expected to fall by Tuesday evening and continue into Wednesday morning. Rain will be heavy at times.
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Some severe weather is also possible in the Southeast on Tuesday, but widespread severe storms are not expected.
“We had some stormy weather along the Gulf Coast yesterday (Monday),” Merwin said. “We’re going to continue to see that trend, unfortunately, continue, I think.”
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As the storm system continues to move eastward, a secondary area of low pressure will likely form along the East Coast near the Jersey Shore early Wednesday.
The FOX Forecast Center said this new low will greatly enhance the effects of winds on coastal areas as they make their way up the coast before moving out to sea.
Heavy rain is possible over most of the Interstate 95 corridor Wednesday morning, with the area expected to clear by the afternoon. New England could see lingering impacts as the low reaches the coast, but the worst of the weather will be over by the evening.
Snow is also possible from the Adirondack Mountains in New York to parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Fox Forecast Center said the snow will fall before the rain, so there is a possibility there won’t be as much precipitation accumulation after the snow falls.
The weather is expected to be dry across much of the country on Thursday, with the main possibility of rain concentrated in eastern Texas, Louisiana and parts of the northern Gulf Coast.
This is not expected to have a major impact, but it could put a damper on Thanksgiving, the Fox Forecast Center said.
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However, according to some computer forecast models, a potential downside to this rain is a weak area of low pressure that may develop offshore south Louisiana. This could bring heavy rains to cities such as New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama, but it is still too early to determine the exact extent of the impacts.
Looking ahead, the next storm will begin sliding over the Rocky Mountains, bringing snow to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. This could create difficult driving conditions for anyone traveling on Thanksgiving Day.
On Black Friday, a storm system over the Rocky Mountains will drop more snow on the region and also spread south into Utah and Colorado, including the Denver metro area. The snow could also extend eastward into parts of the central Plains.
Elsewhere in the country, some rain is possible in parts of the south, while most other areas will enjoy dry weather for shopping.