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.
Thanksgiving weather: Three big storms and record travel numbers this week
Weather will bring more stress this holiday with the record number of travelers.One storm will lash the East and will affect travel through Sunday, another one will batter the Midwest on Tuesday and a third one will move through the West 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 travel weather forecast: Big storms to create big trouble from coast to coast
Thanksgiving travel troubles are likely this week as two storms track across the nation, bringing a mix of rain, snow and wind from coast to coast. "We've got a very active pattern this week, with the potential for some travel disruptions," National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Oravec said. The first storm will dump heavy snow, as much as 6-12 inches, across portions of the western and central USA on Tuesday and into Wednesday, Oravec said.Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
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.
Massachusetts officials plead with people not to stick hands in snowblowers after multiple injuries .
The first major snowstorm to hit New England this week has spurred officials to remind people of something that goes without saying -- don't put your hand in a snowblower. © FoxNews.com A deadly winter storm takes aim at the Northeast, causing travel headaches for fliers and drivers; Molly Line reports from Massachusetts. The long-lasting snowstorm moved into the region Sunday night, bringing more than 2 feet of snow to parts of upstate New York, western Massachusetts, and Vermont on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
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