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Weather: Turkey Trot: Thanksgiving Travel Tale


Turkey Trot:Thanksgiving Travel Tale

By Marek Zebrowski, Jeff Scott, and Gerard Roe
Staff Meteorologists

Generally zonal flow will dominate the weather pattern over the continental United States for the balance of the week. Notable exceptions will include New England, southeast Florida and, as usual, the Pacific northwest, where storm systems will be felt. Frigid air will deal a glancing blow to eastern regions, but the real action will brew off-shore sparing most of the seaboard from heavy precipitation. By Wednesday, a cyclone makes a false start over the Rockies, runs into a ridge and fades only to regroup by Thanksgiving morning, generating light rain in a narrow swathe moving east from central portions of the country. Towards the weekend, colder air will make some inroads over the Great Plains with good potential for fresh snowfall in Colorado. Whilst the southern tier of states bask under mostly clear skies, a slow moving cold front straddling the Canadian border will keep the northeast on the less salubrious side.

In the highly dubious outlook forecast, the return trip appears fair with the exception of the previously mentioned snow in the west. A few raindrops may greet late arrivals back to Beantown.

Travel Forecast (weather/high/low)

City Wednesday Thursday

Atlanta CLR 57/39 SCT 58/41

Chicago SCT 41/26 SW 37/21

Cranberry Lake, WA

(near Seattle) R 54/46 R 54/45

Denver SCT 58/30 SCT 60/31

Grandma's House (near fireplace) (at the table)

CZY 77/68 CZY 79/68

Los Angeles CLR 73/54 CLR 74/54

Miami SCT 78/64 SCT 79/69

New York, NY OVC 43/31 SCT 44/35

Potato Creek, PA

(near Erie) SW 34/29 SW 38/29

Pumpkin Creek, MT

(near Billings) OVC 53/31 SCT 53/33

Raleigh-Durham CLR 49/29 SCT 53/36

San Franciso CLR 65/50 CLR 65/50

St. Louis, MO SCT 54/30 OVC 44/30

Turkey, TX

(near Amarillo) CLR 74/40 CLR 61/33

Washington, DC SCT 43/29 SCT 45/34

code CLR: clear, OVC: overcast, R: rain, S: snow, SCT: scattered clouds/partly cloudy, SW: snow shower, RW: rain shower, TRW: thundershower, CZY: cosy and toasty

Local Forecast

Today: Cloudy, spotty rain and drizzle with showers late. High 48F (9C). Winds turning from southeast to southwest.

Tonight: Showers. Continued mild. Low 42F (6C).

Wednesday: Precipitation slowly ending. Some snow showers possible, especially to the west as the cold air filters in behind the front. Afternoon high near 40F (5C).

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy and colder. Low 30F (-1C) in town, 20s (-5 to -1C) in the suburbs.

Thanksgiving: Clear and brisk with westerly winds turning to southwest. Clouding up in the afternoon. High 41F (5C). Low near freezing (0C).

Friday: Cloudy with showers likely. High in the low 40s (5-6C)

Weekend outlook: Fair and seasonable with highs in the mid 40s (5-7C). Lows near freezing. Increasing overcast late in the weekend.