A major winter storm may be standing between you and that turkey.

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It’s that time of the year again: Travelers are beginning to gear up for their Thanksgiving journeys, heading home for plenty of turkey and family time next week. Unfortunately for some, bad weather may disrupt their plans.

A major storm consisting of rain, heavy winds and snow has set its sights on the Eastern portion of the country and is threatening to hit this weekend, possibly lingering into next week. The storm has the potential to form as polar air drops across the Midwest and East later this week, possibly bringing a wintry mix to the northern U.S. and causing strong thunderstorms farther South.

Although it’s still too early to know exactly what path the storm will take, its fair to say that the weather will have some negative effect on travelers who are getting an early start on Thanksgiving vacation.

According to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Evan Duffey, “We will have to wait and see the exact storm track, but at least some travel delays can be expected across the Northeast from heavy rain, snow and some rather strong winds.”

As one of the busiest travel times of the year, the Thanksgiving week could suffer greatly from a snowball effect of delays. Even though the storm is predicted to hit at least a few days before the holiday, a string of delays and cancellations could carry over onto the most hectic travel days.

Additionally, AccuWeather states that a dose of cold air following behind the storm could also cause lake-effect snow and even another potential storm across the Midwest and Northeast during the Thanksgiving weekend itself. Regardless, the Eastern part of the country can expect colder temperatures than normal this holiday.

Those traveling by plane, train, or bus should keep a close eye on the weather for possible changes, and anyone driving during these conditions is advised to be prepared for strong weather.

In the meantime, hold out hope that bad weather doesn't keep you from mom’s sweet potatoes this year.