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Thanksgiving Travel Forecast: Mixed bag of weather could make for a messy holiday commute

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 13:32:26-05

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it looks like millions of travelers will find themselves in the middle of several storms across the country — and right here in Indiana.

Two big storms systems will impact not only central Indiana but much of the country this week. The first arrives in our area Tuesday, bringing rain and wind. We'll be on the warm side of the storm, thankfully, so no wintry weather should hit our way, but look for showers to develop Tuesday afternoon and then a more steady rain Tuesday evening into the early morning hours Wednesday.

In fact, some thunderstorms will be possible before daybreak Wednesday as well.

Most the rain will move out quickly Wednesday morning but the wind will liner and cause issues. We could gusts to 40 or 50 mph. This is disrupt air travel and watch for falling branches.

Thanksgiving Day and Friday will be fairly quiet for us with temperatures in the 40s and mostly cloudy skies. However, the second storm arrives here on Saturday impacted your return trip home. Saturday will be very wet and windy once again with highs in the 50s. Once the cold air arrives though on Sunday the rain could turn to snow so keep that in mind if you will be traveling back home.

If you are traveling nationally the next two day’s the biggest issues on Tuesday will be from Minneapolis to Kansas City with snow.

NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST | Storms could disrupt trips on the busiest travel day of the year

On Wednesday the issue will be in the northeast and west coast.

Pack Your Patience for the Road:

AAA predicts the second-highest number of travelers in over a decade will hit the road for Thanksgiving this week.

They expects 1.6 million more travelers on the road compared to last year, thanks in large part to lower gas prices. Wednesday is expected to be the most congested day of the week with many major cities seeing more than three times their normal traffic.