An estimated 55 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving weekend. The American Automobile Association expects this year to be the busiest for travel since 2005.
If you're hitting the road on Wednesday, National Weather Service Forecaster Christopher Hogue says to be aware of a strong low pressure system moving into the upper Great Lakes. "That's going to bring a front, pretty quickly through the region on Wednesday morning. We expect to see showers on Wednesday morning followed by some pretty strong winds immediately behind the front."
Hogue says Thursday and Friday and part of Saturday should be dry, but then precipitation returns for the return trip home on the second half of the weekend. He says that will be mostly rain around the Tri-State.
"Thursday and Friday look to be the dry days during the period. Looks like mostly high pressure will be in control. We do expect some cooler readings Thursday and Friday with high temperatures in the lower to mid-40s, maybe upper 40s, around the Ohio River," he says.
The upper Midwest will be problematic for holiday travel this week. Hogue says the low pressure system that will bring the Cincinnati area rain will bring snow to the Great Plains over the next day. "We're expecting some heavier snow to fall from about Denver up through Nebraska, and into the upper Midwest, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Nothing really abnormal for this time of year, but it is falling on a pretty big travel day."
He says the forecast shows more snow falling on that part of the country again closer to the weekend.