Thanksgiving Week Travel Outlook: Northeast, Southeast Flight Delays Possible; Northwest Rain Could Make for a Soggy Trip

Chris Dolce
Published: November 18, 2017

A potent storm system may trigger flight delays for early Thanksgiving travel this weekend in parts of the Midwest and East. Thanksgiving week, a number of weather systems may each trigger their own travel headaches in the East, South and West.

(MORE: 10 Most Weather-Delayed U.S. Airports)

Let's break down each day from this weekend through Wednesday, and outline where you may see weather lead to some travel headaches, either in the form of flight delays or slippery roads.

This Weekend


  • East: A cold front will sweep off the East Coast with some morning rain possible, mainly in parts of New England. Areas of snow and wind are possible in the Great Lakes snowbelts, Appalachians and high country of northern New England.
    • Flight delays possible: New York, Orlando, Boston (rain, wind) and Pittsburgh (rain early, then snow flurries)
  • Central: Generally tranquil weather is expected, though some morning fog is possible in parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest.
  • West: Rain and mountain snow will return to the Pacific Northwest, spreading into parts of northern California Sunday night.

Sunday's Forecast

(MAPS: 7-Day U.S. Rain/Snow Forecasts)

Early Thanksgiving Week

For Thanksgiving week, we have several weather systems we're watching that will have some impact on weather for the peak travel period before Thanksgiving.


  • East: Dry conditions are expected in the East, with the exception of some lingering lake-effect snow near Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Winds will be gusty at times during the day in much of the Northeast. A few showers are also possible Monday night along the Gulf Coast and in southern Florida.
  • Central: A few showers may develop along the Texas coast and a weak system may bring snow showers to northern Minnesota Monday night.
  • West: Rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest into northern California, with snow in the northern Rockies and some of the higher elevations of the Washington Cascades.

Monday's Forecast

(MORE: Four Things To Know About the Weather for Thanksgiving Week)


  • East: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in Florida and possibly along parts of the Southeast coast. A few showers may begin to spread into parts of the mid-Atlantic and along the Northeast coast Tuesday night. A mix of rain and snow showers are also possible near the eastern Great Lakes overnight.
    • Flight delays possible: Miami, Tampa, Orlando (rain, thunderstorms)
  • Central: Showers and thunderstorms may develop in parts of Louisiana and southeastern Texas. Otherwise, dry but breezy conditions will greet travelers from the Upper Midwest and northern Plains into the southern Plains.
  • West: The chance of rain will persist in the Pacific Northwest into northern California, with snow above pass levels in the Cascades.

Tuesday's Forecast

(MAPS: 10-Day U.S. Forecast Highs/Lows)


  • East: Some rain is possible along the Northeast and mid-Atlantic coasts due to the combination of a cold front and an area of low pressure that may be moving northward off the East coast. Snow showers are likely in northern New England and northern New York. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are also possible in Florida and along the Southeast coast.
  • Central: High pressure will bring dry conditions throughout the region, with just a few snow showers possible in North Dakota and northern Minnesota.
  • West: A low-pressure system will bring rain from northern California into the Northwest.

Wednesday's Forecast

(MORE: Five Extreme Weather Patterns to Look For in Winter)

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