Travel Woes Tuesday

Snow and rain will slow the morning commute down. Tony has you covered by car and plane.


End of November Wet Snow Risk
It’s back to the daily grind after a long holiday weekend. After a generally quiet weather weekend, some travel troubles are lurking on Tuesday.
Late this Monday night a swath of rain and sleet was developing across the Kentucky Bluegrass with areas from Louisville to Lexington getting in on the rain. That shield of moisture will sweep across the region overnight.
The precipitation will arrive in liquid (rain) form for all but soon transition to a mix of rain, sleet and snow. In time the cold mix will change to wet snow especially along and north of I-64 where a slushy coating of snow if possible come first light on Tuesday.
While anyone can have the grass and rooftops whitened, odds are skewed in the favor of Southern Ohio and Central WV getting a grassy inch or two. I envision the Scioto Valley east to the Wayne National Forest having the ground coated in Ohio with the region north of Huntington-Charleston also having the rooftops and car tops whitened.
As Josh mentioned on Sunday night, that would mean a brief tracking snow for hunters in Ohio woods. I say brief because any snow will quickly melt away during the daylight hours of Tuesday.
Farther south, the warm ground and later changeover will likely spell rain and melting wet snow with a brief coating of white possible in the chillier hills while downtowns remain wet, damp and cold.
While I expect Yeager and Huntignton Tri-State airports to remain mainly free of weather problems (the snow will have moved away by 7 am Tuesday), the rain, sleet, snow mix is heading for major airports from Baltimore-Washington to Philly, New York and Boston by sunrise. That could spell some flight delays in the Northeast.
Here’s the FAA’s flight delay map.
As of Monday night only Memphis was showing delays, but that is almost certain to change on Tuesday as you mix poor visibilities and rain/snow in with the last vestiges of the Thanksgiving weekend travelers.
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