Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Day Travels

Our weather has been tranquil for the most part as a coastal storm spins offshore, far enough away to prevent much more than some low and mid level clouds in spots, but close enough to produce an onshore flow. Our overall tranquility is modeled across much of the country right now, with the exception of the Pacific Northwest. Washington and Oregon are dealing with a conveyor belt of moisture, with the potential for significant mountain snows and significant rain in the lower elevations as the storm track is perfectly positioned for that part of the world.

In terms of holiday weather impact, the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies are the areas where travel on Wednesday will have impacts thanks to a larger scale storm system.   Outside of a few showers or storms in West Texas and New Mexico, the rest of the country looks to be rather dry and tranquil for travel on Wednesday, which is one of the busiest holiday travel days for the year.

Shifting to Thanksgiving itself, the weather across the eastern third of the country remains dry as high pressure sits overhead.  Showers are possible out in advance of the storm system in the Northwest's advance through the country.  Those showers shouldn't be terribly widespread as the cold front pushes east.  The front itself will be pretty dry.  Snow straddles the Canadian border in Minnesota and North Dakota but the rest of the country is dry.

In short, the weather over the coming days is going to be pretty nice for the vast majority of the United States with little in the way of active weather likely.  That cold front pushes through our region on Friday night into Saturday, bringing an end to a milder stretch that we're starting to work into, with temperatures this weekend likely in the 40's for highs (as opposed to the 50's of the past couple of days and the next few).  That said, we'll still remain tranquil and dry into next week.