Nearly 55 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles this week as the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, and the FOX Forecast Center is tracking a potential storm in the east that could affect vacation plans and travel for the weekend after Thanksgiving.
So whether you’re staying local or flying across the country, FOX Weather will make sure you stay ahead of all the problems that weather brings.
What is the forecast for the day before Thanksgiving?
Wednesday promises to be a busy travel day, with millions of Americans hitting the road, taking a flight or boarding a train to get to their destination before Thanksgiving.
It doesn’t look like the weather will be a major issue and temperatures will be mild in many areas of the country.
In the northeast, sunny and mostly sunny skies are likely for most areas. And the temperatures will cooperate, with New York City likely reaching the low 50s.
Towards the mid-Atlantic and southeast, temperatures are likely to be warmer. Norfolk, Virginia, could see a high temperature in the upper 50s, and Atlanta will hit a maximum of about 65 degrees.
Miami is going to be the hot spot in the east, with high temperatures in the mid-80s with a chance of rain and thunderstorms.
Temperatures will be cooler in the Northern Plains and Intermountain West, with Fargo, North Dakota feeling a high in the mid-30s with a chance of rain. In Billings, Montana, temperatures should be slightly warmer, with high temperatures in the mid-40s on Wednesday.
Sunshine is expected from Denver to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and temperatures should reach the low or mid-50s during the day.
And in the west, temperatures will range from below 50 degrees in Seattle to the mid-50s in Reno, Nevada and the mid-70s in Los Angeles.
What is the weather forecast for Thanksgiving?
The weather forecast on Thanksgiving will show cooler temperatures in the eastern half of the country and beyond‘There is a chance of rain from the Gulf Coast in the southeast and mid-Atlantic, as well as in the Great Lakes, the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and parts of the northeast.
If you’re one of thousands of people in New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you’ll enjoy comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Winds will also be light in the Big Apple, making it much easier for the massive balloons to swing through city streets in the morning.
Atlanta will likely see another day of temperatures in the mid-60s on Thanksgiving, and there’s a chance of some rain during the day.
Temperatures will be much cooler the farther north you go, with places like Chicago and Kansas City, Missouri, having high temperatures in the mid to above 40 degrees.
Dry conditions are expected in the western half of the country on Thanksgiving, but temperatures will be cooler than Wednesday.
Temperatures will be between 40 and 40 degrees from Billings to Denver, and Fargo will be around freezing.
Seattle will also be a little warmer on Thanksgiving, with some sunshine during the day.
Los Angeles will be sunny with a high temperature of around 80 degrees.
What is the weather forecast for Black Friday?
The weather forecast for Black Friday looks good for many parts of the country as you head out to do some Christmas shopping, but there are some places where the weather could slow down travel on the roads.
The FOX Forecast Center is monitoring the possibility that a storm could hit the eastern half of the US on Black Friday and into the weekend.
It is increasingly likely that rain and snow will affect plans and travel the weekend after Thanksgiving.
New York City sees a high temperature of around 50 degrees with a chance of rain.
Temperatures in that region will be warm enough for rain from this system, but some snow may fall at higher elevations in the Northeast and New England, but accumulations appear to be light as of Sunday.
The threat of rain on Black Friday will extend south into the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Southeast, but temperatures should be around 50 degrees.
The plains appear to remain dry on Black Friday and temperatures will range from the mid-30s in Fargo and the northern plains to the upper 50s in Dallas and the southern plains.
There will be plenty of sunshine from Denver to Albuquerque, and Billings will likely experience high temperatures in the mid-50s.
Farther west, Los Angeles will see another day of sunshine and warm temperatures, while Seattle will be cooler, in the low 50s with rain.
What’s the weather like over Thanksgiving weekend?
A storm system on Saturday will bring some snow to northern New England and the interior northeast, and temperatures will be much cooler.
For example, in New York City during the day it will be around 48 degrees.
Temperatures will remain in the mid to above 50 degrees in the mid-Atlantic and southeast, and there will be some clouds mixed with sunshine.
In the central part of the country, temperatures will range from the mid-30s in the northern plains to the mid-60s in the southern plains.
And to the west, a storm system will bring rain and snow from the Seattle area to the Intermountain West.
In the mid-1970s, Los Angeles will experience high temperatures.
And on Sunday, another storm will bring rain, some of which can be heavy at times, from the plains to the Gulf Coast, as well as the Mississippi Valley and extending into the Southeast and part of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.