Thanksgiving week travel, weather guide

By Blake Mathews - Meteorologist
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Well the holidays are upon us, and I thought I'd put together a travel forecast guide to help you navigate your way to grandma's house this Thanksgiving. Being the most traveled holiday of the year, hopefully this comes in handy for those who are traveling. It will be updated each morning with the days weather.

JACKSONVILLE: A Weather Authority Alert Day has been declared for our viewing area for Tuesday due to the onset of heavy rain in Jacksonville but also due to the deplorable weather conditions setting in for much of the eastern seaboard. Another strong cold front is pushing a disturbance out of the gulf and into the southeast. We're looking for periods of light to moderate rain, perhaps heavy at times, through the late morning and early afternoon hours. Temperatures will be very warm in the upper 70s today before the front moves through Wednesday. Sharply colder temperatures are anticipated behind the front. Upwards of an inch or two of rain may be possible in some areas. If you're flying out of JIA, call ahead to your carrier for delay information. 

SOUTHEAST: Covering the cities of Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville and Charlotte. For today, travel into Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta may be risky. Already Tuesday morning, a ground stop has been activated for all arriving flights due to low ceilings and heavy weather. Heavy rain stretches from New Orleans through Atlanta and up into Nashville and Charlotte. At this time, we expect the precipitation to remain liquid but may turn to a sleet, freezing rain, snow mix in Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte. No accumulations are anticipated. Freezing rain advisories are in effect for western south Carolina and western North Carolina and even an ice storm warning for the Ashville, NC area. Highs in the southeast will range from upper 30s to lower 40s for Tuesday.

SOUTH: Covering the cities of Houston, Dallas, Little Rock, New Orleans and Oklahoma City. After massive American Airlines cancellations at DFW Monday, things are getting back to normal in Texas. Both Houston's Bush-Intercontinental Airport and DFW International are getting back to normal although light rain is falling in Houston as of Tuesday morning. Oklahoma City and Little Rock have also cleared out. It will be cold, even to the gulf coast, Tuesday with highs only in the 30s and 40s across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. New Orleans had issues with rain this morning but most of the heavy rain has moved east of the city and conditions, while cloudy and cold, will slowly improve.

NORTHEAST: Covering Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC: Heavy rain, sleet, snow, ice, cold and wind will affect all the major cities in the northeast beginning today and lasting through Wednesday. So far no delays have been observed at any of the major airports but they are anticipated. At this time, we expect that all the major cities will see mainly rain with the possibility of sleet and snow mixing in later this evening from DC to New York. A host of winter weather advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for many areas stretching from Tennessee to Maine. Highs in the northeast will be in the mid 30s for the major cities and even colder for inland locations. Delays into Dullus, National, Baltimore, Philly, La Guardia, JFK or Logan may be an issue later this afternoon. Little accumulation of ice or snow is expected in the major cities.

MIDWEST: Covering Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Aside from cold weather and the occassional flurry, no major weather impacts are expected Tuesday in any of the aforementioned cities but it will be cold with highs in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

WEST: Covering Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix and Las Vegas: The luck hasn't run out for these cities today. Mostly sunny weather is anticipated for all the above....yes, including Seattle. High temperatures will range from the 40s for Denver and Salt Lake, 50s and 60s for Vegas, Phoenix and Seattle and 70s in Los Angeles.


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