Thursday, November 16, 2023

Outlook for Early Thanksgiving Travel

Friday Evening through 6pm CST Saturday
California will be the only area with challenging travel Friday night and early Saturday as rain will cause major traffic slowdowns and, perhaps, a few flight delays. The rain the East will be nothing unusual so few problems are expected. With the exception of American Airlines' hub in Phoenix, where rain is rare, favorable flying weather is expected at all of the major airline hubs. Los Angeles and San Francisco will have rain but it doesn't usually cause them major difficulties. Snow will be confined to the mountains. 

6pm Saturday to 6pm Sunday
Rain (snow in the mountains) will be heavier in Washington and Oregon with snow increasing in Utah and Colorado's mountains. Rain and snow will be tapering off in California. Thunderstorms will develop in the Great Plains on Sunday (see below). There will also be gusty winds in the Great Plains.

10am Sunday to 2am Monday
The area outlined in red will likely see severe thunderstorms with hail and, especially, wind gusts of 50 mph or stronger. At this point, there is a possibility of tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, but that is quite preliminary. 

You will want to check back for updates. It is a possible that an early season snow will occur in the Great Plains after Thanksgiving. 

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