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Early Thanksgiving Weekend Outlook

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Courtesy: WeatherBell Models Courtesy: WeatherBell Models
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Last week, it was hard to believe Thanksgiving was just around the corner with temperatures in the 60s, which was a good 15 to 20 degrees above average. But after a snow storm dropped a foot of snow in parts of Mid-Michigan over the weekend, it's feeling a little more like the holiday season around here.

With the holiday weekend fast approaching, we know you're busy! Travel plans, shopping, picking family and friends up from the airport, it's chaotic. So we'll give you a bit of a preview.

Of course, exact timing is always tricky multiple days out, but there is fairly good agreement between forecast models for Michigan, mostly just a few minor differences. The pictures attached in the article show two model interpretations of rainfall through 1-7 AM Friday. As you can see, the pictures are fairly close to each other, giving higher confidence to the forecast.

As the week progresses, we'll of course keep you in the loop on any changes! For now, here's how things look.

If you're traveling in-state, within the lower peninsula, expect to see some rain late Wednesday through about Friday afternoon. If you're traveling further north into the UP, the timing changes a little bit, as rainfall there appears to start in the early afternoon Wednesday. The UP also holds onto the rainfall until Friday afternoon. Although the rain is no picnic when traveling, it sure beats the road conditions from this past weekend.

Some snow may fall or mix in toward the Friday period with cooler air moving in behind a cold front, but accumulations are expected to be light.

By the time we hit the actual weekend in-state, the conditions improve as high pressure is expected to take back over. Saturday and Sunday should remain dry and have plenty of sunshine. Temperatures on Thursday and Friday appear to be mild in the 40s and 50s in the Lower Peninsula, but remain in the 30s the further into the Upper Peninsula you go. For Saturday and Sunday, it looks as though everyone will be stuck in the lower 30s to lower 40s.

Around the rest of the country:

If you're traveling to the East Coast, expect really a reversal of our precipitation trend. Rain showers, along with some snow showers the further northeast you go, will arrive Friday night into Saturday, eventually coming to an end before Sunday.

Towards the Plains and the western parts of the country, you could be looking at some travel headaches. Snow is expected to fall starting tonight in the far northwest, expanding further to the east during the middle of this week, with some areas possibly seeing a foot of snow. If you're traveling in this area of the country, be sure to keep a close eye on conditions over the next couple of days.

Areas such as Florida and the Carolinas appear to stay dry throughout most of the holiday weekend, with only scattered rain chances.

Southwest areas such as New Mexico and Texas will more than likely see rainfall throughout the holiday weekend, while Arizona and southern areas of California will stay mostly dry.

Before traveling in other parts of the country, always check the local forecast at your destination. Although we can establish a fairly clear picture here, we could not possibly forecast for every destination, so it's always good to keep up to date. Enjoy the holiday weekend and safe travels!

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