Clear sailing for Thanksgiving travel

Local weather should be beautiful; only Pacific Northwest faces storms

By Blake Mathews - Meteorologist
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As Thanksgiving Day draws nye, many of us are preparing to travel to grandmother's house -- or somewhere else requiring we travel some distance.

The weather around the nation on Wednesday -- traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year -- will be surprisingly tranquil across most of the nation.

Locally, there's forecast for you that you'll just gobble up. Sunshine should be rule the forecast through the end of the week with temperatures hovering in the low 70s behind a weak cold front with overnight lows into the mid 40s.

Wednesday should be rather spectacular across much of Florida and beyond. If you're flying out of Jacksonville International Airport, there should be relatively few delays both locally at most airports in the Southeast.

The only issues will be flying into Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, as stormy conditions persist as the next storm system approaches. The Pacific Northwest will also be one of the chilliest parts of the country, with highs only in the upper 40s for both Seattle and Portland on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Midwest looks to remain dry and seasonable for places like Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago and Des Moines with mostly sunny skies and mild conditions, highs in the low 60s, before turning sharply colder on Friday.

If you're travels take you to the northeast, including Boston, New York City o Philadelphia, then you'll want to bring the sunglasses. Expect sunny skies and chilly conditions with highs only in the mid 50s.

As far as the southern United States, including Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City and New Orleans, look for quiet conditions and warm with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s for daytime highs and lows in the 40s. You'll want to bring the sunglasses here, too.

So on a scale of 1 to 354 (the number of yards Chad Henne threw for during the Jaguars game on Sunday), I'd give our forecast for Thanksgiving a 332.

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