Thanksgiving travel may be affected due to severe storms and possible snow.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), disruptions are expected on the East Coast, while the remaining parts of the country might experience better travel conditions. The NWS stated that “widespread heavy rains” are likely across the mid-Atlantic and South, with up to 6 inches of snow possible in certain areas of New Hampshire and Maine.
Meanwhile in the northern New York and New England areas, a “white Thanksgiving” might be a possibility. The NWS also predicts accumulating snow in the northern Rockies and northern High Plains on Thanksgiving morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned travelers of potential delays due to thunderstorms in Charlotte and Atlanta airports, which are major hubs. Additional flight disruptions may result from cloudy and windy conditions at other East Coast airports.
The FAA advises travelers to check their flight status with their respective airlines. This weather forecast follows predictions of record numbers of people traveling for Thanksgiving. AAA estimates that 55.4 million Americans will travel a minimum of 50 miles between Wednesday and the Sunday following Thanksgiving.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to screen 2.6 million passengers on Tuesday and 2.7 million passengers on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. Anticipating even bigger crowds, the TSA might screen 2.9 million passengers on Sunday, which could break a previously set record.
New York City has also issued a travel advisory for Tuesday through Wednesday, in anticipation of adverse wet and windy conditions. “This week, as we gear our focus towards family, friends, and all of the things we’re grateful for, New Yorkers should also remember to keep an eye on the weather,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said in the release.
Updated at 3:56 pm.