Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

Posted at 11:05 PM, Nov 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-25 23:05:51-05

WEST MICHIGAN — Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the year across the United States, and this holiday season if you are traveling within the Great Lakes region, the weather will be pleasant. But there are some areas of the country where the travel weather will be downright frightful.

Great Lakes: Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio: Mostly cloudy to partly sunny. High temperatures in the low to mid 30’s. Light snow showers developing late Wednesday night.

Central Plains: The Dakotas, Iowa, and Minnesota: A weakening low-pressure will drop out of the Dakotas bringing snow to Iowa and Minnesota Wednesday morning and afternoon. As the low drops south and east towards the western Great Lakes, it weakens significantly decreasing snow chances. Snowfall accumulations of around 3 to 5 inches will be possible. Interstates impacted: I-35, I-29, I-90, & I-80.

West Coast: Dry and warm. Temperatures will warm in the 70’s and 80’s in parts of California and the desert Southwest.

Pacific Northwest: Chance for rain, with temperatures warming into the 50’s. Snow possible in the northern Cascades with accumulations between 4 and 8 inches in areas above 4500 feet. Interstates impacted: I-5, I-90, I-84.

South: Mostly dry with the exception of the gulf states. Chance for showers and thunderstorms in coastal regions of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Interstates impacted: I-10, I-75, I-26 & I-95.

Northeast: New England, Atlantic Coast: Deteriorating conditions along the coast and inland as a Nor’easter moves north along the eastern seaboard. Moderate to heavy rain can be expected from the Southeast through the Mid-Atlantic states while snow will be possible and heavy at times in areas like the northern Appalachian mountains and New England. Interstates impacted: I-95, I-84, I-80, I-70, I-64, & I-40.

When taking to the skies, always contact your carrier before you leave for the airport for cancellations and delays.

You can get up to the minute weather information including our Interactive radar: FOX17 Weather and make sure to tune into FOX17 Morning News from 5 AM to 9 a.m. as meteorologist Jon Shaner will have the latest forecast-current conditions and on Wednesday Robb Westaby will have the latest traffic conditions around West Michigan: Watch LIVE