What does the Thanksgiving week have in store for travel weather?

Thanksgiving week is always a big one for traveling and the bottom line is this year’s weather will be favorable for much of the country, including here in the Northeast.

The three big days to get out of town are of course Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Tuesday has increasingly become a big travel one since many of you are off Wednesday. When it comes to heading back home Saturday and Sunday are the days most folks are on the road. Let me break down the upcoming week of travel.

Sunday evening
As a low pressure system moves up the coastline, a period of wet weather will overspread much of eastern Massachusetts. Wet roads are likely south of Boston all afternoon. The further north you are, the less rain there will be, but even around Boston expect a wet period this evening. The rain could end as a brief period of wet snow in the wee hours of Monday morning. There won’t be much if any accumulation if that did occur. The radar map below shows the back edge of the rain early Monday, notice the blue, that’s the potential snow.

If the cold air moved in an hour or two faster, the grass could even become white for a few hours Monday morning.

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This is our coldest day of the upcoming week. Highs will only reach the lower 40s at best and some of the higher elevations will remain in the 30s. Any clouds early will clear. The weather for the Patriots game looks to be clear and cold.


Dry roads will stay with you from Boston to the New York border. The sun sets around 4:15 this time of year and solar glare is a factor from about 2 p.m. until that time. Driving west or south is the primary travel route for the glare issue in the afternoon.

A storm across the Rockies will bring more snow to that part of the country while high pressure remains in control locally. High pressure systems as a rule keep the weather dry. If you are traveling to Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, or Utah, check local forecasts as there could be some airport delays.

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I am excited about the weather this Thanksgiving. It’s not often we have sunshine and temperatures in the 50s as part of the forecast. This type of weather is perfect for football games in the morning and walking off some of the calories in the afternoon. Remember, the sun does go down very early so if you want to take advantage of the nice weather time is limited.

The weather map for Friday shows the winter weather action across the northern tier of Wisconsin and Minnesota with some severe weather along the southern Mississippi Valley. For anyone headed to do shopping in New England, our weather continues to cooperate. Expect another mild day with sunshine fading behind some increase in clouds.


Saturday and Sunday
A frontal system will cross the area late Saturday and put an end to the mild weather. I do expect some showers Saturday afternoon or evening, the timing of which will have to be refined. I’ll be updating the forecast on Twitter this week @growingwisdom.


Sunday will feel much colder as highs head back into the 40s. Any storminess will continue to stay away from the region. The only possible travel delays on Sunday appear to be in Texas from some rain, but those would be minimal.

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