US Thanksgiving weather: It's the busiest travel week of the year, and 20 million people face brutal conditions
Thanksgiving weather forecast: Big storm could disrupt travel in central U.S.
A sprawling storm in the central U.S. could wreak travel havoc in the days before Thanksgiving: Snow, rain and even thunderstorms are possible.On Tuesday and into Wednesday, there is the potential for heavy snow and winterlike travel conditions with substantial delays to spread from eastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico to parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan as Thanksgiving travel surges, AccuWeather said.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, millions of travelers will get walloped by several storms across the country.
From California to Michigan, 20 million people are under winter weather advisories, watches or warnings, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. And we're stillfrom start of winter.
Here's what to expect from coast to coast:
California: Get ready for flash floods and snow
A severe storm will pummel California this week, bringing heavy snow in the mountains and heavy rain to the coast and valleys, Hennen said.
"Winter storm warnings cover the Sierra, where snow will be measured in feet starting Tuesday and lasting into Friday," he said.
Turbulent weather pattern to bring 2 major storms this holiday week
A turbulent weather pattern is about to take shape over the U.S. just as we head into the Holiday Week with 2 high impact storms that will bring dangerous weather. A storm will begin to organize and deepen in the Rockies late Monday. The storm then moves eastward on Tuesday into the north central plains and into the upper Midwest on Wednesday.
Up to 2 feet of snow could cover the mountains outside Los Angeles.
Elsewhere in Southern California, more than 10 million people are under flash flood watches from San Diego to Anaheim, where 1 to 3 inches of rain could make this Thanksgiving very soggy.
The Rockies and the Midwest: Get your shovels out
Weather warnings are in effect for Denver, where a winter storm will likely dump 10 to 15 inches of snow over the next few days, Hennen said Monday.
"The same storm will spread into the Midwest and likely drop 8 to 12 inches of snow in Minneapolis," he said. Iowa and Michigan will also get hammered with snow starting Wednesday.
"Winds and rain will slow airports from the Midwest all day (and) into the major hubs in the Northeast during the afternoon and evening," Hennen said.
Thanksgiving Day parade balloons in jeopardy
Strong winds and gusts threaten to ground SpongeBob, Snoopy and other giant character balloons that feature in the parade . During the 1997 parade, strong winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to knock down a lamppost, injuring four spectators. After that, regulations were put in place to avoid future weather-related injuries. City rules now state that the balloons can't fly if sustained winds exceed 23 mph or if wind gusts are over 34 mph.
Further south in the Plains and Mississippi Valley, gusty winds and strong storms will develop Tuesday into Wednesday.
The Northeast: Planes and Charlie Brown could get grounded
Ferocious winds and rain could wreak havoc Wednesday for airline passengers in the Northeast.
You know it's bad when the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The balloons can't be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, per.
There's good reason for that. In 1997, the Cat in the Hat balloon injured four people after intense winds forced the balloon astray.
Once the Northeast recovers from the brutal winds Wednesday and Thursday, travelers headed home Sunday will face another round of tumultuous wind and rain.
Everywhere: Bring your patience on the road
If you're driving to see loved ones this Thanksgiving, expect more company on the road.
AAA predictsin over a decade this Thanksgiving week.
The automobile associations expects 1.6 million more travelers on the road compared to last year, thanks in large part to lower gas prices.
Wednesday is expected to be the most congested day of the week, and cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Houston and San Francisco could see more than three times their normal levels of traffic.
Nine Family Members Killed in South Dakota Plane Crash Amid Extreme Weather Conditions .
The family had gone for a traditional Thanksgiving hunting trip, reported the East Idaho News.Two children were also confirmed to be among the dead after the Pilatus PC-12 single-engine plane crashed around 12:30 p.m. shortly after taking off from Chamberlain Municipal Airport in Brule County, roughly 140 miles west of Sioux Falls.
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