From the start of the week through the busiest travel delay of the year, a storm plowing through the East led up to the tranquil weather for the holiday and into the weekend.
Reports of rain, ice and snowfall accumulation came pouring in on Tuesday and Wednesday and this weather caused extensive flight delays by Wednesday night.
Philadelphia International Airport had flight delays upwards of two hours Tuesday evening. Gusting winds following the precipitation in New York caused further delays. Newark and John F. Kennedy International airports also experienced lengthy delays.
Wind gusts at JFK reached 47 mph early Wednesday morning. Even Thursday morning, there were still gusts to 43 mph.
Instagram Photo taken by Austin Swiney of snow in western Virginia Wednesday afternoon.
These relays further impacted flights around the country, including many flights in and out of Atlanta. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world, saw some snowflakes of their own. Wednesday became only the third day in recorded history that measurable snow fell in Atlanta in the month of November.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport also had delays. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 200 flights were delayed or canceled due to wind, rain and fog. More than 5 inches of snow fell farther west in the mountains.
As much as half an inch of ice and freezing rain covered surfaces from western Maryland, through central Pennsylvania and into northern New York. The weather brought tricky traveling conditions on the roadways and knocked out power.
Photo taken in State College, Pa., by AccuWeather Meteorologist Erik Pindrock.
Some of the highest snow totals include Stoneboro, Pa., where 9.8 inches fell before Wednesday afternoon.
The heavy snow also crept up into Canada. The city of Ottawa had more than 7 inches (20 cm) through Wednesday morning.
Calmer, but chilly, weather will move in through Thanksgiving and into the holiday weekend.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into early Monday.
Summer-like heat will be short-lived eastern Australia early this week in advance of a cold front.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
After another brief shot of chilly air over the weekend, the month of December will start out milder across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store for late this week.
The strongest El Nino in 50 years will unfold this winter and significantly alter the chances for a white Christmas across the country.
Havre, MT (1896)
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New England (1945)
Severe "nor'easter" in New England - winds in Boston averaged 40.5 mph over a 24-hour period. The rain changed to snow which accumulated to 16 inches in interior New England. Thirty-tree deaths were attributed to the storm.
November 1972 was one of the wettest on record for the Northeastern U.S. As of the 27th, NYC had its wettest November ever with 11.36 inches. This broke the old record of 9.97 inches. Binghamton, NY, had a monthly total of 7.11 inches -- the wettest November in the 75-year history of record keeping at Broome County Airport. Binghamton also had 19.4 inches of snow -- exactly a foot above normal.