Weekend Travel Update
We are off to a good start with pre-Christmas weekend travel as the morning low ceilings and light rain in the Virginias and Carolinas have pushed out to sea. The latest data from the FAA shows low clouds are delaying flights into all 3 NYC airports, Philly, Boston and Chicago. Otherwise, it’s clear sailing across the USA as the link from the FAA shows. Just click on any area where there is an orange dot to decipher how long a delay is on-going at your airport.
Wind will be the developing story points west on Saturday as a gusty storm churns its way toward the Great Lakes. My gut says Chicago and Detroit will feel the brunt of the delays as cross winds as high as 30 miles per hour play havoc with departing and arriving flights.
While I do sense low ceilings with fog may start the day off in the NE corridor (Pitt to Philly to NYC and Boston), the same wind system that will slow travel into Chi-town and Mo-town, will stir the air enough to prevent delays in these areas. Sunday will be the Northeast’s turn to turn very windy.
As for rain and snow, mainly the action on Saturday morning will be west of the Mississippi. I see rain arriving in Chicago in the afternoon and to Detroit and St. Louis by nightfall.
By Sunday morning, a very windy and squally rain will affect much of the Ohio Valley. At sunrise, the leading edge of the rain will extend from Pittsburgh to Charleston to Knoxville. The back edge of the rain will have already cleared the Louisville-Cincinnati-Toledo line.
This suggests a short 3 or 4 hour window for rain here locally. By noon, the rains will be rapidly shifting east of West Virginia as colder air pours in on the heels of blustery westerly winds (gusts to 40 mph).
This windy pattern will make for bumpy plane rides into and out of Yeager and Tri-State airports. Those small commuters in particular will be susceptible to these winds.
Both Pittsburgh and Charlotte's Douglass International airports will experience delays as will NYC, Philly and Boston airports on Sunday afternoon.
The winds will calm down and the friendly skies will indeed be friendy to travel upon on Monday throughout the Eastern US.
Happy and Safe Travels