A storm with rain, a wintry mix and wind will end as snow and a blast of cold air in the central Appalachians prior to the end of the week.
The storm that brought a blizzard to part of the Midwest and severe weather to the South pelted the central Appalachians with rain Thursday night. In some locations the rain began as wet snow, or a mix of rain, sleet and snow, before changing to rain.
However, cold air sweeping in will cause temperatures plummet during Friday. This will lead to some icy roads during the morning rush.
Lake-effect snow and strong winds will occur Friday into Saturday in the traditional areas with roads drying off in the valleys. In the mountains and plateau areas, the strong winds, snow and squalls can make for very low visibility and slippery travel.
In that lake-effect setup, the mountains of West Virginia, western Maryland and western Pennsylvania could pick up 6 to 12 inches of snow with isolated amounts over a foot!
At any rate a period of gusty winds will mark the passage of a strong cold front. Wind gusts during the frontal passage and in the wake of the front into Saturday can cause sporadic power outages, downed tree limbs and send unsecured items airborne. West to northwest wind gusts can top 50 mph over the ridges and through the gaps in the mountains and range between 40 and 50 mph in the valleys.
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Cold air returns to Chicago this week and a mix of rain and snow will lead to a messy commute Monday evening.
Milder air pouring into the Midwest will quickly be replaced by snow, plunging temperatures and travel hazards to kick off Thanksgiving week.
James Grimaldi of West Seneca, New York, used his drone to capture impressive aerial views of his snow-covered neighborhood.
East Coast travelers are being put on alert that the potential exists for a winter storm to unfold on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.
A wide variety of weather, ranging from springlike conditions, to wintry precipitation and cold air will affect travel across the nation for the week of Thanksgiving.
The warmth surging into Harrisburg will not last long this Thanksgiving week with a storm threatening to significantly disrupt holiday travel on the horizon.
Late-Season Warmth: Buffalo, NY 68 degrees Norfolk, VA 70 degrees Providence, RI 80 degrees District of Columbia 75 degrees Raleigh, NC 77 degrees Greensboro, NC 74 degrees
Hurricane IWA (pronounced EEVA) packing winds of 86 mph with gusts of 105 mph hit the western Hawaiian Islands - first direct hit on the islands since 1959 - major damage on the island of Kauai. Total damage for all of the Hawaiian Islands: $150 million.
Thanksgiving Day Snowstorm (began on the evening of the 22nd). Snowfall amounts included: Location Amount Roanoke, VA 3.0 inches Washington, DC 4.0 inches Baltimore, MD 4.0 inches Philadelphia, PA 4.6 inches Central Park, NYC 4.7 inches Islip, NY 7.0 inches Chatham, MA 12.0 inches