Air and Road Travel Weather

A day long rain storm has dampened the spirits of hunters and travelers alike. Now Tony says colder air is set to arrive with some wet snow. What's that mean for pre-holiday travelers? TC has the scope by land and air.

Pre-Holiday Travel Update

Air traffic delays this Monday evening are or will be on two fronts. First, our daylong soaker is now shifting east toward the big metropolitan cities so delays out of Philly International and the 3 NYC airports (LGA, EWR and JFK) are likely to expand. Throw in BWI, Dulles and Washington’s Reagan International and you have the makings of an hour delay for loved ones coming from or heading to those cities tonight.

The air schedule is on time so far for Boston’s Logan, Charlotte’s Douglas, Atlanta’s Hartsfield and Pittsburgh’s International airports. But all those cities face either lowering ceilings and rain or gusty crosswinds tonight, so I would expect some delays as we get into the mid evening hours.

At Chicago’s O’Hare and Detroit’s International airports, strong winds will make for a choppy ascent/descent for flights tonight. That should spell an evening of minor delays at worst.

Here’s the link you need to update air traffic conditions across the USA. I find it an invaluable tool on these Holiday weeks!

http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

ROAD CONDITIONS

If today is any indication, then the weather heading into the Thanksgiving holiday will be a source of concern for many car travelers. Damp roads and wisps of fog clinging to the mountain tops have slowed drivers down today, even after the morning black ice event.

For this Monday evening, ceilings are lifting and rain has become more showery in nature across the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys thanks to a stiffening westerly wind. That wind will dry things out somewhat later tonight. All this thanks to the passage of a cold front which promises a shot of wet snow in time for Tuesday’s morning rush hour.

I will add to the road map after dinner, but for tonight be assured there are no ice problems, even in the mountains, within a 6- 8 hour drive of the Huntington-Charleston area at least for this evening.
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