On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 17, forecasters with the National Weather Service forecasting center (NWS) warned that a “significant” storm and “strong cold front” could impact U.S. Northeast and Midwest.
There is a scenario that plans could be stalled during the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend, Sunday, Nov. 21, and Monday, Nov. 22.
Forecasters anticipate decreasing temperatures and severe gusts on Monday, Nov. 22, and Tuesday, Nov. 23, although the storm’s full range and route are still unknown.
There is a possibility of continued severe cold and a significant storm to affect the East early next week.
The impacts of the probable storm pattern, according to AccuWeather analysts, will last until the day before Thanksgiving—the busiest travel day of the year.
According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 54 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving—up 13% from last year.
Another possibility is being monitored by forecasters, which could bring significant snow to sections of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan and parts of the Northeast, as the New York Post reported.
According to forecasters, strong winds and a sharp decrease in temperature are expected to impact the Midwest early Saturday, Nov. 20. However, the storm will become more steady and “amplified” as it progresses east.
Another possibility is that the storm moves slowly over the Midwest on Sunday, Nov. 21, and Monday, Nov. 22, before bringing thunderstorms, high winds, and a dip in temperature to the Northeast.
According to forecasters, high winds alone could cause delays in major transportation hubs in the East and Midwest in the days before Thanksgiving.