- Coastal storm threatens Thanksgiving
- Rain is expected in parts of the United States
- There is also a chance of snow
As Thanksgiving approaches, the forecast center is on alert as a cold front and coastal storm creeps into the East Coast.
However, this weather threat may become an inconvenience for travelers in the Northeast and New England who were planning to start their vacation early this weekend.
Computer forecast models have revealed that rain associated with the cold front is expected in the Northeast from Friday, November 17.
While the effects of the coastal storm will be felt along the immediate coast starting Saturday.
Weather threatens Thanksgiving
Despite the initial uncertainty, the latest guidance from the computer model is moving the coastal storm track away from the East Coast.
This prompted the National Weather Service to announce that rain would be limited primarily to the immediate southeastern coast of New England and southeastern Maine.
Although the threat of rain has faded, the cold front coming from the west promises to leave its mark, with most of the precipitation concentrated in its path.
Although temperatures will not be low enough for snow, the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are expected to see a few inches of snow.
The storm will hit the country
These forecasts sparked concern among travelers who were planning to travel during the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Delay is a real possibility, especially for those who have tight schedules and rely on punctuality to be reunited with their loved ones on this special holiday.
Authorities urged travelers to monitor weather forecast updates and take extra precautions.
How to inspect your vehicles and ensure you have the necessary emergency materials in case of any unexpected setback.
Flights are at risk
It is also recommended to check the status of flights and contact airlines for updated information about possible delays or cancellations.
“(The storm) is heading straight toward the coast, and that will create a problem once it gets closer to the mid-Atlantic and New England,” meteorologist Craig Herrera said.
“At that moment it collides with the cold front coming from the Great Lakes. “As we move into the weekend, we will have widespread rain,” he added.
Rainfall totals are not expected to be significant, but the addition of gusty winds is expected to cause air and ground delays.
Likewise, cities like Philadelphia and New York are not expected to see significant rainfall accumulations.
However, for Boston, the forecast could see higher totals, depending on how quickly tropical moisture moves north.
It is worth noting that communities closest to the center of the coastal depression face the possibility of more heavy rains.
Even places like Martha’s Vinyard and Downeast Maine have the highest chance of seeing precipitation totals through Saturday, November 18.
Will there be snow on Thanksgiving?
The National Weather Service office in Boston said it does not expect any flooding problems due to the storm system, but it will be windy at times.
Winds of at least 20 to 30 mph are also expected to hit the area on Friday and continue through Saturday, according to Fox Weather.
Behind the cold front, temperatures are expected to drop well below average and could persist through most of the Thanksgiving holiday week.
Thanksgiving on the East Coast can have an unpredictable wintry feel, with a cold front bringing the threat of rain.