Weekend Travel Update
The long rush for the Thanksgiving holiday has begun. Folks are shopping for their turkeys, gassing up their cars for the trip to Grand moms and of course flying into and out of our local airports. So my blog will be about weather conditions from coast to coast as they relate to travel conditions.
I want to start with the link to the FAA website which enables you to chart where the weather related delays will be for air travelers.
This is the site I hit frequently during the holiday season to stay abreast of changing airport delays. On this Friday night, a sea of green dots spells good travel weather from coast to coast.
Looking ahead to Saturday, a strong warm air surge will be channeling up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to St. Louis then onto Chicago and Detroit. That spells a bumpy ride for air travelers into Chi-town’s O’Hare and Detroit’s International airports.
Commuter flights coming from or heading to Charlotte’s Douglas and Pittsburgh’s International airports should be free of any weather hassles on Saturday. The same goes for the big airports from DC to Philly, New York and Boston. The weather will not impact your flight plans, though having flown into the Philly airports many times, trust me when I say there will be delays due to the heavy load of flights.
By Sunday, those northeast hubs will feel the same gusty winds that Chicago and Detroit feel on Saturday. Oddly, those winds will be accompanied by very little rain.
Instead the rain shield will be redeveloping across the Lower Ohio Valley, Cumberland and Mississippi Valleys of America’s heartland. Towns like Nashville, Memphis, Paducah and Louisville will get in on the rain early Sunday. From there activity will spread eastward into our part of Appalachia by Sunday afternoon and night.
Right now I do not expect the two feeder hubs of Pittsburgh and Charlotte to get in on the rain on Sunday.
Pittsburgh’s turn should come on Monday with Charlotte flights unscathed through then.
As for west coast travelers, a storm with wind and rain is due into the Pacific Northwest by Monday, so Seattle and Portland flights may be in for low ceilings and rain.