Just 5 days before Christmas so it’s time to begin our pre-holiday travel forecast. Tonight I will be generic then I will become more specific with Thursday’s blog.
In a nutshell, a weekend storm system will be weaker than last weekend’s tempest but will affect just as large an area. This go round there will be more rain than snow in the USA with icy roads likely confined to the area from Denver to Kansas City to Milwaukee.
Rain and low ceilings will slow air travel in the Ohio Valley and eventually the busy Northeast air and road corridor by Saturday night and Sunday.
In between it’s a close call from Chicago to Detroit with rain likely on Saturday then a windy and snow showery day on Sunday.
Piitsburgh and Charlotte airports should be fine weatherwise on Saturday but low ceilings will delay flights by Sunday.
Monday is shaping up better as the weekend storm moves away and skies clear for Santa's trip from the North Pole.
The forecast takes on some genuine intrigue next week as a new southern storm passes thru the Tennessee Valley and the Carolinas. Early call would be for some wet snow here in WSAZ land with rain or sleet south along I-77 into the Carolinas.
Does this mean a white Christmas is in the cards? Well, as I said last night, the odds are higher than in other years, but it does look like a borderline rain vs snow setup, so it’s far too soon to say with certainty.
Send me an e-mail of where you are heading or from where you are coming from and I will tailor a piece of my next segment to you.