The Thanksgiving Day holiday produced anything but pleasant weather, but as Americans look forward to returning home, the Fox Forecast Center is tracking a storm system that could cause some delays from the south to the east over the busy weekend Is.
What is the Black Friday weather forecast?
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If you’re going to do some Black Friday shopping, you’ll want to pick up jackets and raincoats from among the millions of Americans who live in the East, South, or Northwest.
The first wave of rain from Thanksgiving storms in the southern plains and the lower Mississippi Valley will roll toward the Eastern Seaboard, making an especially bad morning shopping day for cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
Meanwhile, the main low pressure system will hang back over Texas, where more showers and thunderstorms are expected. Cities such as Houston, Austin, San Antony and Corpus Christi will face the risk of flash flooding.
Travel in Texas is likely to be affected as heavy rains could flood roads and delay air travel. For example, it will be raining Friday in Dallas and high temperatures will be struggling to reach the mid-50s.
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Farther north, cooler air will stick around in Fargo, North Dakota, where highs will only be in the 40s, but there will be plenty of sunshine.
And familiar late-autumn rains and mountain snow will return to the Pacific Northwest, while the Southwest remains dry and pleasant.
What will the weather be like over Thanksgiving weekend?
As we move toward Saturday, the main storm system will begin to move away from Texas, bringing rain to areas from Kansas City, Missouri to Tallahassee, Florida. Rain can be heavy at times and may also be accompanied by thunder and lightning at some places.
Taking into account all the precipitation from Wednesday through Sunday, between 2 and 3 inches of precipitation is expected from Texas to Georgia by the end of the weekend.
Some of those areas could see totals as high as 6 inches, especially southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and parts of Mississippi.
By Sunday, the storm system will move into the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast, with rain expected from Chicago to New York City. Rain is expected to affect road and air travel for those going back home after Thanksgiving. Be prepared for delays in some of the area’s major hubs.
The good news is that it appears to be primarily a rain event. Any snow, if any, will be confined to the highest elevations in northern New England.
stormy in the west
A strong storm system will crash along the West Coast by Sunday and remain over the western US through Wednesday of next week.
While specific details such as rain and snow are unclear, the Fox Forecast Center said heavy snow is expected in the mountains and heavy rain in low-lying areas and near the Pacific coast.
Right now, it appears that the most likely places for heavy snow will be the Cascades of Washington and Oregon.
Meanwhile, heavy rain could reach Southern California by Monday evening. Strong winds are also expected in the Four Corners area early next week.