Will weather delay holiday travel? This question is on many people’s minds as they look to escape on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Those with hope of having on time flights and early arrivals should begin to think otherwise as a mix of foul weather is making for likely travel delays.
From freezing storms and snow in the Midwest U.S. to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the south, the foul weather is shaping up to throw a wrench in everyone’s travel plans.
Most of the U.S. is not safe from adverse weather conditions. From freezing rain to six inches of snow is a possibility in the northern plains. Torrential rains are expected in the Appalachian region and weekend thunderstorms in the South have the potential to spawn twisters.
The poor weather is making its way into the East too, causing travel worries in the days leading up to Christmas from Chicago and Detroit to New York and Boston.
Christmas from Chicago and Detroit to New York and Boston.
Multiple storms will produce areas of ice, snow, and rain with areas of dense fog over Eastern, Central and Northwestern states over the next few days.
The largest storm of the bunch will hit over this weekend and will affect nearly 30 states and impact over 100 people. The atmosphere will quickly change the next few days to a pattern that will briefly send warmer air into the eastern third of the nation. The warmth will mean no snow or ice problems for millions in the South, mid-Atlantic, southern New England, and Ohio Valley. However, this warmth will also be accompanied by scattered rain and fog that can lead to flight delays.
According to AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, “We could be looking at a severe weather outbreak including a few tornadoes beginning from central and eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley with this storm Saturday into Sunday.”
AAA projects that nearly 95 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday period, which runs from Saturday through Jan. 1 according to the Associated Press.