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Local travel weather this Thanksgiving week

Rain and wind return Wednesday

Posted: Nov 26, 2019 9:02 PM

The weather is active across the country this Thanksgiving week, but what does it mean for local travel?  The highly talked about storm system that's expected to move across the country on Wednesday will bring rain and wind to Central New York.  The bulk of the heavy snow is expected to stay out of our area.  Here's how the weather is expected to play out over the next few days...

Wednesday mornings starts out cloudy and dry.  Temperatures will be above freezing, limiting any black ice potential.  Rain develops in the afternoon and evening, becoming heavy, at times.  Total rainfall is expected to be less than half an inch, meaning flooding is not expected to be an issue.  Still, for folks driving and flying, this storm system is expected to cause some delays.  The highest impact looks to be on flights, as this storm system is large and is expected to produce snow and strong winds in the midwest.  Some of the busiest airports like Chicago could be affected, which tends to have ripple effects on flights throughout the country.

The windiest weather looks to be Wednesday night across our area.  Wind gusts could exceed 40 mph.  This is enough to cause loose objected to move, but not enough to cause damage.  A wind advisory is in effect for Wednesday night into Thursday.

Rain turns back to snow Wednesday night, with little accumulation expected in the lower elevations.  The hilltops could see an inch or two of accumulation, but most of this happens before 8 am.  Snow gradually comes to an end on Thanksgiving Day, with breezy conditions and highs near 40.  Drier weather in the afternoon should bode well for folks traveling locally throughout Thanksgiving.

Looking ahead, the next big weather system looks to impact our region on Sunday night into Monday.  Sunday is a big travel day, too, and the weather could slow down travel as well.  At this point, some accumulating snow is possible, especially south and east of Utica.  Stay tuned.

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