Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Travel Impacts Possible Before Thanksgiving

As we get closer to the biggest travel day of the year, Mother Nature may cause some bumps in the road for holiday travelers.  The week of Thanksgiving will feel more seasonable with highs in the low to mid 40's.  As the jet stream pattern turns more west to east, models are suggesting a potential low pressure system developing within the southern branch of the jet stream over the Southwest U.S and riding close to Northern Illinois by Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

While the track of this low will likely support rain, it could cause some travel issues for those who are wanting to get a jump start on the holiday.  This looks to be a quick moving storm with models suggesting it shifting to the east by Wednesday night.  Of course this time of year the track of these types of  low pressure systems are important to watch.  A shift to the south could allow a little more cold air to filter in causing more of a wintry mix, especially at night when temperatures are most likely to fall below freezing.

Right now it looks like Thanksgiving Day will be dry with temperatures in the middle to upper 40's.

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