Holiday Travel Weather

One of the biggest travel days of the year is Wednesday as many folks will be heading home by plane, train, or automobile.  As promised in my last blog, I am going to breakdown the forecast for not only locally in North Central Wisconsin, but also expand across the entire country.  In addition, I'll even give you the weather details for the parade in New York City on Thanksgiving morning, along with the conditions outside Ford Field for the Packers game in Detroit.

Let's get started with what is going to be happening here in the Wisconsin River Valley.  Low pressure will be tracking out of Iowa and move into southeastern WI on Wednesday.  From here the surface low is expected to slide northeast toward northern Lake Michigan.  Meantime, a secondary wave of low pressure in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere, looks to drop in on the backside of the storm system, which could cause headaches weather-wise Wednesday night into Thanksgiving morning.  In general, rain showers will be common Tuesday and Tuesday night, but then it gets tricky for Wednesday as chillier air shoots into the state.  So here's the breakdown:

Wednesday: Rain showers in the morning and then again in the afternoon.  The best bet of snow appears to be in western Wisconsin from Rice Lake southbound to near La Crosse through sunset.  No less, I wouldn't be surprised if some snow showers nosed into our area.  Highs will be in the lower 40s.

Wednesday Night: A band of snow is forecast to wrap around through Southern Wisconsin from northwest to southeast.  Since it will be nighttime, any snow that falls is going to accumulate on roadways.  I will peg some accumulations from Highway 23 on south.  Lows will be in the upper 20s to near 30.

Thanksgiving: Some clouds are expected into early afternoon and a few snow showers in the far north in the lake effect snow belts.  A bit of sun could develop for the afternoon in Central Wisconsin.  Breezy and cooler.  Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s.

Traveling across the country by air on Wednesday?  Outside of the western and central Great Lakes where we will be contending with the aforementioned storm system, wet weather is a good bet down in Florida and perhaps some showers into the Mid-Atlantic states.  The Pacific Northwest will feature the next round of rain into Seattle and Portland, but that's not too out of the ordinary for them this time of year.  In all, the rest of the U.S. should be dry.  Seasonably cool in the eastern half of the country, while mild from the desert southwest up through the Rockies and the west coast.  Florida also should be warm as well with afternoon readings in the 70s.

Alright, on to the parade that many of you will probably be watching on Newschannel 7 on Thanksgiving morning from New York City.  The weather should cooperate in the Big Apple with just a chance of showers, otherwise mostly cloudy with temperatures during the parade running in the upper 40s to lower 50s and winds under 5 mph from the east.

Taking a trip out to Ford Field in Detroit?  Tailgating outside of the stadium before or after the game it will be cool with clouds and a chance of showers or flurries.  Highs for the day in Motown will peak in the mid 40s.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and travel safely!

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