Wind could turn strong at times day before Wednesday, early Thanksgiving

Your Local Weather Authority is tracking a potent storm system that will get close to us next Wednesday.

Thanksgiving 2019 forecast
Thanksgiving 2019 forecast (WSLS)

ROANOKE, Va. – A storm system moving to our north the day before Thanksgiving may give us a few showers. However, the main thing we should notice from this particular storm is the wind. The closer we get to Wednesday, the better idea we’ll have on exact speeds, gusts, impacts, etc.

In this kind of pattern, the stronger gusts are typically felt along and west of I-81 which might make travel before Thanksgiving tricky at times. This strong wind field extends into the Great Lakes, Northeast and New England.

Wind gusts on Wednesday
Wind gusts on Wednesday (WSLS)

Our strongest gusts look to be Wednesday afternoon into early Thanksgiving morning.

In addition to the wind, the colder air gets bottled up north of here. We expect things to be seasonable here, temperature-wise, but some lake effect snow will be possible toward Erie, Cleveland, Syracuse, Buffalo, and other parts of upstate New York and Vermont.

Possible snow on Thanksgiving
Possible snow on Thanksgiving (WSLS)

Traveling farther south shouldn’t be much of an issue. Mickey Mouse will enjoy his turkey in the 80-degree warmth. The farther north you go, the colder things get. Pittsburgh and New York City will be in the 40s around feasting time.

Travel forecast for the eastern U.S.
Travel forecast for the eastern U.S. (WSLS)

For us, expect Thanksgiving Day to be breezy. Morning temperatures start in the 30s, with afternoon highs in the 50s. That’s pretty much par for the course this time of year, anyway.

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