- AAA predicts more than 53.4 million people will travel this week, up 13% from 2020.
- A layer of snow is possible around Lake Erie and Huron.
- Wind gusts of up to 70 mph are expected along parts of the Great Lakes coastline.
Previous forecasts warned of threatening snow and high winds bring destruction to millions of people of Americans traveling this week for the Thanksgiving holiday was turned back a bit on Sunday.
The improvement forecast is given when AAA prediction more than 53.4 million people will travel this week, up 13% from 2020. Even more impressive is the increase in air travel, is expected to grow 80% and almost fully recover from the intense pandemic season in 2020.
“A storm threatens to bring some rough weather to parts of the Northeast, like rain in most major cities,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert. “Looks like things will be pretty good after Monday.”
Very few flights are delayed on Sundays and Mondays.
However, AccuWeather said a “strong portion of energy” dropped from Canada as it moved eastward, developing into a winter storm over the Midwest. Travel conditions can deteriorate as the storm strengthens.
“Lake effect snow bands are expected to break out over Upper Lake” on Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Mullinax.
That could translate into a thick layer of snow around Lake Erie and Huron, Reppert says. But any travel delays due to this storm are likely due to high winds rather than rain or snow, AccuWeather reported. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph are expected along parts of the Great Lakes coastline.
Winds of up to 40 mph are possible in Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee; There may be higher localized gusts in open areas.
AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham warned: “Any unusual weather in the days leading up to Thanksgiving could lead to major delays and, in some cases, a nationwide domino effect.”
The weather service said winter-like temperatures are likely to engulf much of the East as high pressure builds between Monday night and Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, cities along the I-95 corridor from New England to the mid-Atlantic could experience gusts of up to 40 mph.
Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and historically the nation’s biggest travel day of the year, will bring strong winds, rain and a bit of snow to the Midwest and wind and rain throughout the South Central states.
Reppert said it is not likely to cause too much disruption to travel.
“It’s going to be pretty quiet,” Reppert said.