Thanksgiving travel Wednesday could be disrupted by heavy rain, light snow

Next Weather: WBZ Mid-Morning Forecast For November 20

BOSTON - If you're traveling for Thanksgiving this week, the weather for Monday and Tuesday looks a lot better than Wednesday.

According to MassDOT, Tuesday and Wednesday will likely be the busiest travel days this week.

What will the weather be like for Thanksgiving travel week?

Let's take you through the week, day-by-day.


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A storm system gathers strength in the central part of the country, near the panhandle of Texas. Expect rain showers from Omaha to Amarillo to Baton Rouge. Some snow will fall on the backside of the system in the Denver and Albuquerque area.

New England is quiet and chilly.


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The storm, now a bit stronger, arrives in the Ohio Valley and Upper Midwest. Expect periods of heavy rain from Detroit to Nashville and down through the Gulf Coast.

The snow will be limited to the upper reaches of the Great Lakes, mainly in Canada.

New England remains quiet during the day, highs in the 40s.


Our turn. 

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Conditions begin to deteriorate in New England as the storm system crawls farther north. After midnight, we can expect snowflakes and mixed precipitation west and north from central to western Massachusetts. The highest risk is in the elevated areas of Worcester County and the Berkshires.

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It is likely that by dawn, most of the precipitation will have changed to rain. Expect periods of heavy rain Wednesday late morning through the afternoon. Travel could certainly be impacted by a windswept, heavy rainfall.


As many of us wake up early on Thanksgiving holiday, much of the precipitation will be outside of the area and we will be left with cooler and drier conditions with sprays of sunshine.

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For the high school football games Thursday, expect brisk conditions with gusty winds 15-to-20 mph. By the afternoon, widespread sunshine and some passing clouds with temperatures seasonable.

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 After that, it looks quiet and cool for a few days. Our next storm chance may come sometime around Sunday.

Safe Travels!

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