Prepare for travel delays. 

By Cailey Rizzo
November 22, 2019

A rainy day in New York. 

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The busiest Thanksgiving travel season ever may get even more chaotic as rain and snow are predicted across the country.

Travel delays are likely, starting this weekend. Those on the east coast will be battling rain and snow from Atlanta to Boston on Saturday as a low-pressure system moves up the country, according to Weather.com. Snow is more likely in the northwest. Higher elevations could expect a blanket of white.

But Thanksgiving travelers won’t be in the clear once this weekend’s storm has passed. Another storm system is expected to form around Tuesday, November 26, right before the peak of holiday travel.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain to much of New England. There is an increased heavy rain warning for California on Tuesday. By Wednesday, wind gusts in the Northeast could reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

A winter storm threat is even possible just before Thanksgiving in the Upper Midwest, according to Accuweather.

By Thanksgiving, the center of the country might feel the impact of the storm. Heavy snow could hit from Denver to Minneapolis. Storms are expected to extend from Texas to Missouri, with heavy gusts of winds in the plains.

Airports across the country are already expecting delays over the next week. As with any long-term forecast, predictions are likely to change. Travelers should monitor the weather for more updates.

If you’re traveling on the holiday’s biggest days (Wednesday, November 27 and Sunday, December 1), you may want to get to the airport extra early — but bring a book or something to do as these storms could cause flight delays.

And conditions won’t be limited to just air travel. If you’re driving on Thanksgiving, you’ll probably want to hit the road earlier in the day to avoid the traffic that’s likely to form in the afternoon. It might be particularly bad if drivers are battling bad weather, too.

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