Planes, Trains and Automobiles- 6pm Update

By: Chris Bailey
By: Chris Bailey

Our travel forecast is looking better for the next few days. Old man winter is keeping a close eye on us.

6pm Update

Good Wednesday evening everyone. As we wait for the models to sort out what the system for later this weekend into early next week... I wanted to show you something that really caught my attention today.

Snow cover across the northern hemisphere is nearly off the charts...

Wow! That is impressive to see snow cover so much above normal and is a fantastic sign for the winter ahead. This should ensure there will be plenty of very cold air available and ups the ante for some big time arctic blasts!!

A full update comes your way tonight. Take care.


Good Wednesday and welcome to the busiest travel day of the year. Today is also the day we pay tribute to one of the best movies ever... Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It's a classic movie centered around Thanksgiving and I make sure to feature it every Wednesday before Turkey Day.

Our travel weather today is looking MUCH improved over recent days. Many folks will be cleaning up today after flooding swept across  the region Tuesday. Much of the region picked up 2"-4" of rain. Wow!

Some leftover showers will  be with us for the first half of the day. Sunshine slowly increases from west to east late. Highs today will range from the upper 40s to near 50.

Thanksgiving Day will be a gorgeous one with highs in the 50s under a sunny sky. Black Friday shoppers will find great weather as they stand in line for 12 hours to save 23 cents. A few clouds will increase by the afternoon as temps warm to near 60 or a little better.

This takes us into the weekend and the likely beginning of a wintry pattern around here and for much of the central and eastern parts of the country. Does that mean its wall to wall snow and cold? Of course not, but it does mean we will have our snow chances and should cash in on a few of those along the way.

The big news continues to be the system moving in for later this weekend into the first half of next week. The models are struggling with each run looking different from the last. The European Model is really having troubles and that's to be expected with energy coming from the southwest. We pointed this out a few days back.

None of the models are without sin, but the GFS from Tuesday night was close to fitting what I think this pattern may bring.

It shows the energy cutting off across the region late Sunday into Monday and then hanging around...

The end result of this run is for a quicker cold front sweeping eastward with rain and some thunder increasing Saturday night with our temps taking a big tumble from west to east on Sunday...

Most of the models have a second piece of energy diving in early next week. This run of the GFS really likes the cold air with this and produces some accumulating snows...

I am not endorsing the above model run as the models won't have a good handle until around Thursday or Friday. Just know that we do have the chance for accumulating snows next week to go along with a colder pattern.

I am fully expecting this colder pattern to hang with us into early December.

More updates will come your way later today.  Have a great Wednesday and take care.

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