Majority of U.S. to enjoy quiet weather Thanksgiving Week

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Washington DC, USA - Peaceful autumn scene of the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, with the Jefferson Memorial and the vivid colors of the foliage of the trees lining the pond.
Washington DC, USA - Peaceful autumn scene of the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, with the Jefferson Memorial and the vivid colors of the foliage of the trees lining the pond. (iStock)

Here’s some good news as we head into the holiday season: NOAA forecasters expect minimal travel disruptions for the bulk of the contiguous U.S. leading up to Thanksgiving Day — one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Rain, snow … or no?

As a result of a strong cold front Monday, snow showers will persist downwind of the Great Lakes through Tuesday, while the rest of the Central and Eastern U.S. will remain cool and dry through Wednesday. In the Northwest, a cold front will bring wet weather along the coast on Tuesday before spreading snow showers across the northern Rockies through midweek.

Rain showers and thunderstorms will spread from parts of Texas to the Lower Great Lakes on Thanksgiving Day as a front moves east into these regions. The Pacific Northwest will remain unsettled with moist onshore flow. There is a chance that some rain and snow may increase across the Northeast from Friday into Saturday, as a low pressure system tracks across the region. Elsewhere, much of the lower contiguous U.S. will be dry with average seasonal temperatures.

Temperature predictions: Don’t forget to pack a jacket 

Daytime high temperatures for the second half of Thanksgiving Week are expected to be above normal in the West and remain slightly below normal in the East. Another shot of cooler and drier air will arrive across much of the U.S. through the end of the weekend.

Weather tools you can use 

  • What’s likely for your location this holiday week? Thanksgiving? Visit weather.gov and enter the ZIP Code or City, State for your location.
  • Check out the national forecast map.
  • Stay up-to-date by following NOAA’s National Weather Service on social media for late-breaking weather updates. 

NOAA wishes you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving! Safe travels!