Pre-Holiday Travel Weather

Less than a week before Thanksgiving and travel plans are being finalized. Tony has major concerns for weather related delays.


Travel Weather Headaches Ahead
Let’s set the record straight right from the get go; namely, a wintry pattern is setting up across the nation this weekend before Thanksgiving and will not let go of the weather here in the states until after next weekend.
Roughly translated travel woes can be periodically expected this weekend all the way through next week across America, some close by to our region.
If you are an air traveler, here’s the link from the FAA that enables you to see airport delays in real time. On this Friday night, weather related delays out of Las Vegas airport (LAS) were the first being encountered (due to low ceilings and light rain).
In the short term, this weekend’s travel slow downs will be small compared to next week.
I sense a stripe of wind driven snow showers can slicken up mountain roads in WV including along RT 19 from Sutton to Summersville and the Highland Scenic Highway on Sunday morning.
I will be anxious to see if a dusting occurs in the I-77 stretch from Parkersburg into Charleston and along I-79 from Morgantown into Sutton at that same time. With a coating of snow likely along the WV turnpike, salt trucks may be called out in places.
In addition, travelers using I-68 through Northern WV and Northern Md are in for some wind blow snow squalls in Garrett and Preston Counties. The summit mountains near Wisp, Canaan and Snowshoe should measure 3 or 4 inches, great news for skiers!
With buck season opening on Monday in WV, a tracking snow of an inch or two at mountain hunting lodges will be nice in Nicholas, Webster and Randolph Counties. Temperatures in the teens will demand hunters carry a hot seat into the woods.
Nationally, a developing storm center in the Desert Southwest will help to generate the first healthy snowstorm of the young ski season this weekend. The Southern Rockies are in store for a foot of powder, while sleet and snow concerns will spill onto the Southern Plains.
The area from Albuquerque NM to Oklahoma City to Dallas is anticipating ice and or snow accumulations this weekend. That same storm will turn out of the Gulf of Mexico and head northward toward the heavily populated metropolitan Northeast next week.
A swath from Atlanta and Birmingham to New York, Boston and Philly will get in on the rainy, windy and low ceiling conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday. That can sponsor delays at airports for hours.
Behind the developing coastal storm, a Tuesday rain from this southern system will likely change to snow in the Appalachian mountains, including our area. With a second surge of arctic air bleeding into the crescent from Buffalo-Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Charleston-Asheville, wind blown snows could be a genuine concern.
That possible snowy crescent includes I-68,I-77, I-79 and I-81 from the Mason-Dixon line all the way south into the Smoky Mountains.
Details will need to be fine tuned as we get closer to the event. For now however, a white Thanksgiving is a possibility in the Appy mountains this year.
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