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Thanksgiving Travelogue

It's time to travel over the mountains and thru the woods. TC has your personal travelogue for Thanksgiving Week.

Thanksgiving Week Travel Weather

It’s THE BIGGEST travel week of the year, bar none! So I am spotlighting weather troubles from coast to coast.

In a nutshell, the weather thru Thanksgiving across most of the USA will be uneventful. But a word to the wise, and this goes especially for Mountaineer fans heading to the backyard brawl, a snowfall may make Friday’s travel in the mountains and north up I-79 into Morgantown a pain.

MONDAY NIGHT

An M & M, cool and damp flow of maritime air has socked in the Appalachian mountain chain and much of the Northeast. So low ceilings, drizzle and fog will create some delays from Boston’s Logan airport all the way south to Atlanta’s Hartsfield airstrips.

Here’s the link I use to define weather related airport delays in the short term (next 2 hours). I note Boston, Atlanta and especially Washington’s Dulles are running delays. As always check with your local carrier and keep in mind even in perfect weather, the sheer volume of holiday week travelers will create stresses on the system.

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

TUESDAY

Morning flights from Boston to NYC to Philly and Baltimore-Washington are apt to be behind schedule due to that same cloud and damp pattern courtesy of a moist northeast wind off the ocean.

Meanwhile, the next Midwest cold front will be producing morning rain showers and gusty surface winds from the Twin Cities (that's right rain not snow in St. Paul) to Kansas City.

Those showers fall from low ceilings which force pilots to land and takeoff in IFR conditions. (IFR stands for Instrument Flying Rules). Tack on gusty cross airstrip surface winds and you have the makings of some Midwest delays On Tuesday.

Chicago’s O’Hare and St. Louis’ Spirit of St. Louey airport may escape the weather-related delays until Tuesday nightfall when the inclement weather arrives from the west.


WEDNESDAY

The most heavily traveled day of the holiday is always Wednesday and this year, the travel troubles will be manageable.

The Great Lakes will have the most adverse conditions with rain showers and gusty winds from Buffalo to Detroit and Chicago. But note I am still talking rain not snow showers.

The snow gets in on the act Thanksgving day and Friday. I will talk Turkey and Back Yard Brawl after dinner.
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