Temperature dips, precipitation expected to complicate Thanksgiving travel
Rain and possibly snow could complicate Thanksgiving travel this week, which is typically the busiest travel holiday of the year, weather services warned.
A storm predicted to move northeast from Texas and Louisiana could bring precipitation to the Northeast on Wednesday, when tens of millions of people are expected to be traveling, according to AccuWeather.
Temperatures on Sunday are expected to dip into the teens but then rise above freezing as the week progresses. Rain could turn to snow in the Allegheny Mountains, depending on how quickly temperatures drop again before Thanksgiving, said meteorologist Rihaan Gangat of the National Weather Service in Moon. Temperatures on Thanksgiving Day likely won't rise much above freezing in Western Pennsylvania, with lows below 20 degrees in some places, he said.
“For Tuesday and Wednesday, there's still a lot of uncertainty. The mountains and ridges will get some sort of accumulation, but we're not sure if it's going to be rain or snow,” Gangat said.
AAA expects 43.4 million people to travel more than 50 miles from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, which it defines as Wednesday through Sunday. The automotive association expects almost 39 million of them to travel by car.
Those traveling by air could run into delays caused by the storm at busy airports in Washington, New York, Boston and elsewhere along the coast, AccuWeather warned on Saturday in a post on its website.
“The exact track and intensity of the storm as it swings up or slips off the East Coast Tuesday night into Wednesday night are still in question and hold the key to dry weather versus rain versus snow across the Northeast,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski wrote in a statement.
The forecast should become clearer in the next day or so, Gangat said.
Mike Wereschagin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7900 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hill District leaders irked as Penguins submit former Civic Arena site plan to city
- CMU water service to be interrupted for much of Sunday
- Job prospects drawing workers to Western Pennsylvania
- Family becomes ‘forever’
- City of Pittsburgh detective, 2 boys finalize adoption before judge
- Orders for Pittsburgh police hats soar with new uniform policy
- City’s plan for Strip flummoxes vendors
- Marshall land parcel along Route 910 eyed as park site
- Coach accused in $2,400 theft from Baldwin Hockey Club
- Local groups hope NFL lends support
- Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation