National Weather Outlook
A storm system in the Western U.S. will continue pushing east through the end of the week. Unfortunately, weather conditions on Thanksgiving will be quite inclement across the Central U.S. with the potential of heavy rain, flooding snow and ice. This will likely create travel troubles for many as the storm moves in…
Thanksgiving Day Outlook
Breaking down the weather forecast from 7AM Thursday to 7AM Friday, it looks like a mess. From the Rockies and across the Midwest to the Great Lakes, accumulating snow will be possible. From the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle to the parts of the Midwest freezing rain and ice will be possible. From Texas to the Great Lakes storms and heavy rain will be possible.
Thanksgiving Day Precipitation
According to NOAA’s WPC, the precipitation outlook from 6am Thursday to 6am Friday suggests heavy rainfall potential over parts of the Central and Southern Plains. Note that there is a maximum of nearly 4″ over central Oklahoma! Interestingly, Oklahoma City, OK is already sitting at their 4th wettest year on record, so additional heavy rain over the next 3 to 5 days could boost that stat even higher…
Across the high elevations in the Western U.S. to parts of the Midwest, accumulating snow will be possible. Areas that see more will obviously be more at risk for travel concerns, but note that this doesn’t appear to be a significant snowfall east of the Rockies.
Freezing Rain/Ice Potential
It appears that some of the greatest ice accumulations will be across parts of the Plains, especially near the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle where as much as 0.25″ to 0.50″ ice can’t be ruled out. This will definitely be a major travel concern, so plan accordingly
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