• AAA predicts more than 53.4 million people will travel this week, up 13% from 2020.
  • Lakes Erie or Huron could see snowfall up to a foot.
  • Some parts of the Great Lakes coasts are expected to see wind gusts up to 70 MPH.

Forecasts that warned of snow and high winds threatening to bring havoc to millions of Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday were dialed back a bit Sunday.

AAA predicts more than 53.4 million people will travel this week, up 13% from 2020. Air travel is expected to rise 80% and almost completely recover from its dramatic pandemic fall in 2020.

“A storm that was threatening to bring some tricky weather to parts of the Northeast looks like rain for most of the big cities,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said. Things should look pretty positive after Monday.

For Sunday and Monday, there were no reported delays.

AccuWeather said a “potent piece of energy” was dropping down from Canada as it moved east, developing into a winter storm over the Midwest. Travel conditions could go downhill as the storm gains strength.

“Lake-effect snow bands are expected to break out over the Upper Great Lakes” by Monday, National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Mullinax said.

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Reppert indicated that it could result in a foot of snow surrounding Lakes Erie, Huron. AccuWeather said that this storm might cause travel delays due to winds and not rain or snow. Some parts of the Great Lakes coasts are expected to see wind gusts up to 70 MPH. 

Winds of up to 40 mph are possible in Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee; higher gusts are possible in open areas. 

“Any disruptive weather on the days leading up to Thanksgiving could lead to big delays and, in some cases, have a domino effect across the country,” AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham warned.

According to the Weather Service, winterlike conditions are expected to sweep much of the East due high pressure building Monday night into Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible in cities located along I-95 from New England to the mid-Atlantic.

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Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and historically the nation’s biggest travel day of the year, will bring gusty winds, rain and a bit of snow to the Midwest and rain and wind across the South Central states.

Reppert said it’s not likely to cause too  much travel disruption. 

Reppert declared, “It ought to be quite quiet.”

Source: USAToday.com

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