Depending on where you live, you may encounter severe weather if you must be on U.S. roadways this week, whether you're driving for work or traveling to and from the homes of loved ones. Forecasters are predicting multiple storms from coast to coast, with conditions worsening as we get closer to Thanksgiving.
Some 55 million travelers are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday, according to AAA. That’ll make it the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000.
Day by day
On Monday, a storm system will bring snow to the Rockies, including Denver, and higher elevations in the Northwest.
Tuesday is when much of the Rockies, much of the Midwest and a broad swath from Central California to the Pacific Northwest are likely to get wind-driven snow, reducing visibility and causing slick roads. Conditions in southwest Oregon and Northern California will be especially dangerous for motorists.
On Wednesday, snow – along with rain and strong winds – continues to pound the Rockies, from Central California into the Northwest. The Midwest will get that wind-driven snow and parts of the south will get rain.
Thanksgiving Day is when what weather.com is calling an “expansive storm system” will affect the West and Plains. Look for rain and snow to cause travel problems from California into the Rockies and Plains. Strong winds and snow showers in the Northeast, scattered showers in the Southern plains and snow-covered roads in the Midwest. Southern California could get heavy rain – and even snow in higher elevations.
On Friday, the storm system that will have caused problems in the west will move eastward, affecting travel in the Plains and the upper Midwest with snow and strong winds, rain and possibly severe thunderstorms in the Southern Plains. Snow will continue in the Rockies and will fall in parts of the Southwest, and Southern California could see rain.