A strong cold front and stormy weather is expected to hit the Northeast and Midwest next week.
According to forecasters from the National Weather Service (NWS), the “large-scale” weather pattern will extend into midweek. Still, Fox Weather predicts that for now, the storm will not have a major impact on holiday travel.
While the precise trajectory and extent of the storm is not yet known, the Weather Prediction Center noted that Monday and Tuesday are forecast to bring a drop in temperatures and windy conditions.
“This storm remains a prominent weather focus due to its timing right before Thanksgiving but it will likely still take a while to resolve the details,” the NWS said.
A cold front will sweep across the Midwest into the Northeast on Sunday-Monday, with rain expected across much of the eastern U.S. – generally less than an inch, according to Fox Weather. Forecasters said some snow is expected as colder air arrives behind the storm, and gusty winds will develop in the wake of the storm exiting New England, but they should not have a dramatic impact on air travel.
The West and parts of the High Plains will see “variable but generally above normal temperatures” through Tuesday, forecasters added.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 53 million people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, up 13% from 2020.
“This brings travel volumes within 5% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019, with air travel almost completely recovering from its dramatic fall during the pandemic, up 80% over last year,” the federation wrote in a news release.
“With 6.4 million more people traveling this Thanksgiving coupled with the recent opening of the U.S. borders to fully vaccinated international travelers—people should prepare for roads and airports to be noticeably more crowded,” it said.