Travelers Weather Alert

A big weekend of shopping and pre-Holiday travel is ahead. Tony has his road map to avoid the bad weather.

Friday Night Update

Chris and I continue to debate our prospects for a White Christmas. Sure there will be an early-mid week storm front passing thru with a mixed bag of snow/sleet and rain on the front end on Tuesday and just rain showers on Wednesday. Big question remains will it get cold enough quick enough for snow Christmas Eve night and early Christmas Day? The jury is still out.

On Thursday I outlined my weekend travel forecast. It has panned out well so far. Airport delays this Friday evening are averaging 2 to 5 (uggh!) hours from Philly to the NYC airports to Boston's Logan.

Now I want to add Sunday Night and Monday to my outlook. It looks like the coldest air of the season so far arrives Sunday night accompanied by a burst of snow. The sheer strength of the cold will produce some wind blow snow shower activity with much of the region likely to get a coating of snow in time for an arctic Monday of back to school and work.

I expect the school schedule to be altered on Monday with car battery local 22 calling a wildcat strike. Chances are good that many car batteries will fail to turn over in the frigid air and our friends at AAA will be busy on Monday morning.

By the way, the wind chill will be subzero for the Monday morning school bell. Air temperatures will hover near 10 locally with zero common across the snow covered mountains.

Here's my original posting from Thursday night. The data/prose still looks good.

Holiday Travel Troubles Abound

Talk about being a Scrouge, my extended forecast from now thru Christmas Day is one of frequent weather changes and at least 3 storms. But before you call me a genuine Scrouge, I will remind snow lovers that the prospects for a White Christmas continue to be good. It’s just that getting to where you want to go may be problematic.

So tonight, I begin my travelogue report for friends and family who are planning to come into or leave our region to spend Christmas with loved ones.

Friday Travel

There are lots of yellow airplanes on my map of the Eastern US with an energetic storm plowing its way along I-80 from Chicago to New York. Recall yellow means weather related airport delays.

I see gusty winds and low ceilings in showers interrupting service out of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the morning with Philly, Dulles and the NYC airports joining in the hassle in the afternoon. From Chi-town to Detroit to Boston, snow is going to be a problem with O’Hare and DTX experiencing the snow in the morning while Logan deals with the fluffy white by afternoon and night. Logan especially is in for a deep snow accumulation so best to get in or out of Bean town by noon.

Locally, Yeager and Tri-State airports will deal with strong cross winds and showers on Friday so the air schedule is sure to run behind schedule.

Saturday Travel

This is a mainly quiet day for air travelers as the first storm heads out to sea while the next one just begins its development. Boston will be digging out from a foot of wind driven snow, so Logan will be way behind schedule early on.

If Logan closes on Friday night, there may well be a ripple effect thru the country as stranded planes at a big Eastern airport can slow the rest of the country down due to planes being rerouted.

Low ceilings and showers will end the day from St Louis to Chicago.

Sunday Travel

A real mess is setting up for air travelers on Sunday as a powerhouse storm with high winds, rain and snow will affect all Eastern airports from Atlanta to Boston.

Basically, it will be windy and wet enough for delays up and down the Eastern Seaboard with the rain/snow line criss-crossing Ohio-Pa-NJ.

The strongest winds will blow behind the storm on Sunday afternoon from Chicago to Detroit to Cleveland and Pittsburgh to NYC. Expect delays galore here.

Car travel will be hindered in Northern Maryland-Northern WV along I-68 and along the lee of the Great Lakes in towns like Cleveland, South Bend and Buffalo-Rochester by near whiteout conditions in heavy snow squalls.

Stay safe, be smart and happy travels!
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