Snow, rain to hit tri-state area this weekend, could hamper Thanksgiving travel; Winter Storm Watch in effect for north and west of the city
NEW YORK — Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but the holiday weather nightmare is not over just yet.
As millions of holiday travelers head back home over the weekend, rain and snow will sweep through the Midwest on Saturday then push into the Northeast on Sunday into Monday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for areas north and west of the city on Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm system will cause widespread weather-related hazards through the Thanksgiving weekend as it tracks west to east across the lower 48, the National Weather Service said.
It’ll continue to produce heavy mountain snow and high winds across much of the western United States before tracking over the Rockies on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
As it moves toward the East Coast, it could deliver ice Friday to the middle of the country, then mess up travel into the Monday commute, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.
There is potential for snow in the forecast and could make traveling difficult, according to PIX11 meteorologist Byron Miranda.
Some weather models indicate the city could get as much as five inches of snow, while areas west of the city could get anywhere from eight inches to a foot. All of the weather models are suggesting we could see five and a half inches of snow in New York City.
A record 31.6 million passengers will travel on US airlines during the Thanksgiving holiday period, according to a forecast by Airlines For America, an American airline trade organization. That’s up 3.7% from last year.
Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day ever for the US airline industry, with 3.1 million passengers expected that day, according to the organization’s estimates.