Post-Thanksgiving Travel Headaches Expected on Sunday as Two Systems Impact the U.S.

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Published: December 1, 2019

Thanksgiving travel delays are likely on Sunday as multiple storm systems track across the country with rain, snow and wind.

More than 55 million travelers are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday, according to AAA. This makes it the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, behind only the record set in 2005.

Here is our latest thinking on the forecast.

Sunday's Outlook

Winter Storm Ezekiel will impact parts of the MIdwest and Northeast as another storm system moves into the West Coast.

Travel Concerns: Travel delays in the form of wet or snow-covered roads and flight delays are likely from the Midwest to New England and into the Southeast. Rain and mountain snow may cause more travel headaches in California.

Northeast: Snow is forecast in parts of the region, particularly from New York state into New England. The precipitation will likely fall as rain in the mid-Atlantic states. A mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain is anticipated in between those two areas. Some major hubs will be affected by weather, including Boston and New York City.

South: Rain is expected in the Southeast, especially early in the day, leading to wet roadways.

Midwest: Lingering snow and rain may cause travel issues in the Midwest and Great Lakes, but it should be a dry day in the Plains.

West: Snow remains possible in parts of the Sierra Nevada, with rain at lower elevations of Northern and Central California. A few rain or snow showers will spread into the Pacific Northwest as well. Snow showers are also possible in parts of the Great Basin.

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Sunday's Forecast

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