Pre Thanksgiving Weather

One of the biggest travel weekends of the year is here. Whether you are a hunter, a college football fan or a pre-Thanksgiving traveler, Tony has you covered with your weather travelogue.

Weekend Travelogue and Hunting Report

The weekend before Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a really good one for travelers from coast to coast. But a word of caution, try to complete your trip by Monday evening at the latest as cold and snow look to lock in for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Saturday morning college football fans will be chilled to the bone tailgating outside the ‘Shoe and Papa Johns Stadium in Columbus and Louisville respectively. I expect overnight lows in the teens to rise into the 20s as you fire up the stove and throw that first omelet on the outdoor skillet.

Morning sunshine will fade as afternoon clouds build, so the moderation in temperature into the 30s in Columbus (for “The Game”) and low 40s in Louisville (for the ‘Eers tussle with the Cards) will be somewhat offset by the reduced amount of direct sunlight.

Pick weather venue for Saturday football will be Houston where the Herd and Owls will tangle in a C-USA battle with temperatures cool by Oil town standards, in the 50s. No rain will fall until after the game.

If you have a loved one coming in Saturday or Sunday, I see little in the way of weather problems across America. Some low ceilings are possible from Jacksonville to Orlando Florida where a few ocean showers may migrate onshore.

In the upper Midwest, a Sunday dusting of snow in the Twin Cities and some gusty winds in Chicago and Detroit should not be enough to slow the air traffic pattern across the USA.

But by Monday as hunters head into the woods in WV for the opening of the buck season, a cold front will generate a large slug of light rain and low ceilings from Mo-town and Chi-town to Cincy, Pittsburgh and thru our region.

The rain will likely slow travel into and out of O’Hare, Detroit International, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh’s airports. Meanwhile, Charlotte connecting flights are less likely to be impacted.

Northeast airports like BWI and Dulles will have rain and fog by Monday night with Philly and New York and Boston getting in on the rain and fog by Tuesday.

Hunters, a damp chill will demand you keep your hot seat handy and a dry towel close by on Monday. Morning temperatures will be above freezing for the most part (perhaps some freezing rain at mountain hunting lodges in the Greenbrier and Cheat River Valleys).

Winds will blow stoutly from the South at 10-20 miles per hour making the wet chill feel rather uncomfortable. Fog will cling to the hills and mountains playing havoc with visibilities for hunters.

By Monday night, winds will shift to the Northwest and colder air will bleed in. Rain would likely transition to wet snow showers for Tuesday and continue thru the Winter Wonderland of Lights parade in Ashland and Wednesday.

Heavy snow accumulations are likely across I-68 thru Northern Maryland and Preston County WV. I am thinking the Greenbrier and New River Valleys will also get in on the snow act, so I-79, I-64 and I-77 travelers coming from Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania will likely drive thru some rather snowy conditions.

I will update the travel weather as needed this weekend.
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