As the Thanksgiving travel period kicks off this weekend and continues through the following weekend, at least three storms of note have the potential to cause trouble on the roads and at the airports across the United States.
Fortunately for Montgomery County, early forecast from Accuweather is that other than a wintry mix, not much is expected here.
According to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, the average high for this part of the state on Thanksgiving should be 45 with a low of 30. The warmest Thanksgiving on record in Lafayette was 71 degrees in 1990. For Indianapolis, it was 69 way back in 1896 and again in 1973. Conversely, the coldest was 14 degrees in 1930 – a temperature we’ve already gone below in November this year.
The most snow the weather station in Lafayette has recorded on Thanksgiving day was four inches in 1980.
This year, according to Triple A, more than 55 million travelers have plans to venture at least 50 miles away from home between Friday all the way through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That holiday travel volume is expected to be second-highest behind 2005 since tracking began in 2000, AAA said.
An active storm track is forecast to bring a wintry mix this weekend to the Midwest and Northeast, prior to a more significant and potentially very disruptive storm for the central U.S. during the peak of the Thanksgiving travel time.
On the storm's colder northwest flank, a wintry mix and some snow could extend from parts of the central Plains Friday night to the middle Mississippi Valley Saturday and Great Lakes region by Saturday night. The major hubs of St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit may be affected by some wintry precipitation for a time this weekend.