- A snowstorm that will affect 15 states in the United States is coming.
- Although experts expect it to end just one day before Thanksgiving, it will be enough to cause problems on the roads and at airports.
- Between 3 and 12 inches of snow is expected to fall over parts of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia and upstate New York.
CHAOTIC WEATHER ALERT. A snowstorm that will affect 15 states in the US may complicate the travel plans of thousands of people over the Thanksgiving holiday. Big cities like New York, Boston, and Washington, DC will be affected by the harsh weather.
Forecasters predict that the snowstorm, which has been forming since this weekend, will hit at least eight US states, but they also expect it to cause strong winds and heavy rains in seven other areas of the country.
Snowstorm will affect 15 states on Thanksgiving
Since this weekend a snowstorm has been forming that will last until Wednesday. And although experts predict that it will end just one day before Thanksgiving, it will be enough to cause problems on the roads and at airports in the face of the upcoming holidays.
Meteorologists predict that it will directly affect eight states and also have residual effects on seven more. For example, 3 to 12 inches of snow are expected to fall over parts of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia, and upstate New York.
Snow, snow and more snow
“In the wake of a powerful cold front sweeping through the Northeast early in the Thanksgiving week, the colder air of the season will send temperatures plummeting to levels more typical of mid-December in the Great Lakes and the Northeast,” AccuWeather warned in its last Twitter report.
The weather portal also spoke about, “the probability of intense snow with lake effect before Thanksgiving,” and reported that, “the snow will appear in the northern part of the country at the beginning of this week, and most will be concentrated around the Great Lakes.”
Rainfall and strong winds
Although the main threat is the snow that will fall, AccuWeather meteorologists have also forecast rain and wind. North of New York, 3-6 inches of snow is expected, while south of Michigan, 6-12 inches of snow are expected.
Instead, the rain and wind will mainly affect states such as Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, DC Heavy blizzards will also be felt in cities like New York and Long Island.
Thanksgiving Snowstorm: Cancel Plans?
Meteorologists have advised citizens to take the necessary precautions before making any Thanksgiving trips. It is advisable to first review the routes and consider canceling travel, if necessary. Weather conditions will continue to worsen from Sunday through Wednesday as the storm strengthens in the Midwest and the Great Lakes.
“The humid weather will continue to expand eastward from Sunday night through Monday, spreading concerns about travel to the Interstate 95 corridor,” AccuWeather noted. “Rains can be expected on Monday morning trips, whether by land or air from Boston to New York City, across the mid-Atlantic states, even further south in Raleigh and Atlanta,” they added.
A more intense cold is expected this season
This season, experts anticipate more intense cold, especially for the New England region. They also predict that this frigid climate will arrive suddenly, so residents of this region should not be surprised by the low temperatures, nor the blizzards that La Niña could bring.
Although for now, it is smart to be cautious because a huge storm may end up ruining many travel plans. Climate experts have warned that a, “strong cold front” will hit several states in the northeast and midwest of the country. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the effects of the storm will begin to be felt from this weekend until next week.
Thanksgiving: A a big storm is forecast for next week and some will see their plans ruined
Meteorologists have not yet determined the trajectory and extent of the storm, but they have predicted that it will generate a sharp drop in temperatures and that it will bring intense winds, especially early in the week, that is, Monday and Tuesday.
The problem is that the effects of the storm pattern will persist until at least the day before Thanksgiving, warn AccuWeather meteorologists. So this weather could complicate everything, because Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel weeks of the year.
Warning for travelers
For those who have travel plans for Thanksgiving, “AccuWeather meteorologists are cautioning that a major stormy pattern could prove disruptive for millions of Americans planning to get a head start on Thanksgiving travel.”
“There is also the potential for severe thunderstorms to develop and sweep eastward from parts of the south-central states to the Atlantic coast, along the storm’s strengthening cold front from Monday to Tuesday,” they noted on Twitter.
Can you travel for Thanksgiving?
Given the storm forecast, many will wonder: can you travel for Thanksgiving this year? “We could be facing a big mess and a real problem on vacation trips,” stated Jon Porter, AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist, referring to the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays.
In general, forecasters expect, “increasingly cold gusty winds, soggy coastal rain, lake effect snow, snow / gusts inland from Northeast to Midwest.” This includes states like New York, Wisconsin and Michigan
Areas most affected by the winter storm
For now, experts are monitoring the weather in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, where heavy snowfall could occur. They are also evaluating the possibility of the storm evolving on Sunday and Monday to bring thunderstorms, intense winds and very low temperatures to the Midwest, the NY Post reported.
Rain and snowfall are expected, but even strong winds could end up delaying and even halting operations at transportation hubs in the northeast and midwest of the country just the days before Thanksgiving, weather experts warn. According to the American Automobile Association, about 54 million people are expected to travel by air and on the road by Thanksgiving. This is 13% more than in 2020. Snowstorm will affect 15 states on Thanksgiving.