The storms could cause minor delays for people traveling to and from certain southern plains and northern New England states this Thanksgiving week, but nothing that should be widespread or lasting, meteorologists said. .
“From a global perspective, for the most part, most people shouldn’t have too many problems,” said Marc Chenard, meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
Northern New England and the Great Lakes region could receive snow, but not enough to affect major airports, the weather service said.
Parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas could have showers and thunderstorms that could cause travel delays, but “this may be the only thing to really watch out for because, otherwise , the weather is relatively calm, ”Chenard said.
Bianca Garcia, a meteorologist with the Dallas and Fort Worth Weather Service, said possible thunderstorms Wednesday morning could cause travel problems in central Texas.
As families across the United States prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, some for the first time since 2019, major airports across the country expect air travel to approach pre-pandemic levels.
The Transportation Security Administration said this week that it plans to handle around 20 million air passengers during the Thanksgiving season, which began Friday and runs through November 28. Last year 9.5 million people were checked and in 2019 26 million people. were, according to the agency.
Areas near Chicago and Atlanta, which are home to some of the major travel hubs in the United States, are expected to be cold but without a storm on Thanksgiving week, meteorologists said.
“We don’t expect any snow or ice buildup at this point, which is good for air travelers,” said Brett Borchardt, a meteorologist with the Chicago Weather Service. For those who drive in the Midwest, there will be wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour.
Mr Chenard said about two inches of rain could fall in parts of the Pacific Northwest on Thanksgiving, which is “nothing too extreme” for the region. There were no severe storms expected in New York City as Thanksgiving approached.
In parts of the southeast, there may be moderate showers this Thanksgiving, but no storm will pose “a widespread or severe threat,” said Nick Morgan, a meteorologist with the Atlanta Weather Service.
For those traveling to places near Atlanta, the first part of this week will be “very good travel days,” with high temperatures and clear skies until Thanksgiving Day, Morgan said.
“Overall the navigation is pretty smooth,” he said.