As many travel on this day before Thanksgiving the weather will cooperate for the Great Lakes. That is not the case for those traveling to other parts of the country on Wednesday. The Weather Prediction Center discusses the travel troubles. “For the East coast, a developing nor’easter will cause havoc for Thanksgiving travelers from the Carolinas to New England. This feature is a wave of low pressure that developed along a cold front over the Gulf of Mexico, and is lifting northeastward. Although the strongest winds will likely remain offshore, widespread precipitation is expected from Florida to Maine. Rain is expected for coastal areas, and significant snow from the central Appalachians to into inland parts of the Northeast U.S., with the greatest snowfall expected for the higher elevations of New England.
Out West, more mountain snow is expected for the northern Rockies on the north side of a stationary frontal boundary, and rain showers for the lower valley locations south of the boundary. The greatest concentration of heavy snow should remain north of the border in Alberta and British Columbia.”
While the weather is quiet for Wednesday another disturbance moves into the region for Thanksgiving Day. Only an inch or two of snow is likely on Thursday but there could be some travel problems with slick spots on area roads. Temperatures remain a bit below average for Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 30s and lows on Thanksgiving morning in the 20s.
As the winter weather returns to West Michigan, review these winter weather safety tips:
Understanding winter weather terms
How snow and cold may affect your health
Preparing your home for winter emergencies
Winter Survival Kits
Winter Weather Safety Tips for home and car
Cold weather and hypothermia
The attached slideshow has a few of the forecast weather maps.
Before you head out to travel around West Michigan, check out the live West Michigan Weather conditions and live lakeshore weather.
As this winter weather impacts the area, the Grand Rapids National Weather Service wants any reports you may have.
You can send them your weather reports via their on-line spotter report form. This can be accessed at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grr/spotter/
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