Holiday travel forecast

Two weather systems will bring hazardous weather on Friday and Sunday for those who are traveling home from the holidays this weekend.

Posted: Dec 26, 2019 12:16 AM

Christmas Day was gorgeous with sunshine and mild temperatures. If you're heading home Christmas
night, the weather stays pleasant for travelers. Dry roads under mostly cloudy skies. Also, mild
temperatures staying in the upper 20s all night. This is because thick cloud cover will hold most of the
warm air at the surface tonight. All you'll need is the winter jacket heading out the door and all your
Christmas presents!

If you aren't planning on traveling until Thursday, not to worry the weather will still be nice.
Temperatures starting around 30 degrees in the morning with mostly cloudy skies and dry roads. However, with
this cloud cover sticking around into the afternoon, we won't get enough sunshine to warm us up. High
temperatures will only rise about 10 degrees in the upper 30s.

By Thursday night, a low pressure system moves towards New York State with a warm front attached to it. This
warm front will bring scattered light rain showers, sleet, and some freezing rain overnight into Friday.
Some regions could see a glaze of ice. Be careful driving with some slippery spots.

Friday, scattered light rain showers will persist throughout the day with some colder spots seeing freezing
rain. This is especially true for Friday morning, with temperatures in the lower 30s. By the afternoon, a
steady South wind will bring in some warm air and our high temperatures will reach the mid 40s. The rain
ends by Friday night with mostly cloudy skies as a cold front passes through with dry and cooler air behind
it.

Into Saturday, we will stay dry with just mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 30s. Perfect
weather for those who will be driving home from the holidays.

Sunday, a very strong low pressure system will travel directly through New York State bringing rounds of
heavy rain during the day. Expect areas of low visibility, some pooling on the roadways, and slippery roads.
In higher elevations, there will be a mix of rain and snow, which will also create some slushy and slippery
roads. This is not ideal driving conditions, but if you have to drive make sure to go slow and keep your
distance from others.

To summarize this, here's a look at your full travel forecast heading into this weekend. The best days to
travel are Thursday and Saturday with dry weather. If you have to travel Friday, it doesn't look too bad.
Just watch out for some wet roads and slick spots from freezing rain. Sunday is the worst day to travel.
Rounds of heavy rain with areas of low visibility, mixed with some areas of snow in higher elevations. If
you do have to drive, watch out for some pooling on the roads and drive slow.

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