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Thanksgiving Day Forecast: Slippery Travel a Risk in Northeast as Snowstorm Departs

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
November 29, 2014, 12:17:59 AM EST

To read reports from the winter storm that lashed the East, click here.

Aircraft displaced and delayed by the storm in the East may lead to additional flight delays and cancellations on Thanksgiving Day across the nation. Passengers may have to schedule a different flight on an alternate route to get to their destination.

In anticipation of delays or cancellations, several airlines, including US Airways, American and Delta, have announced they will waive change fees for passengers scheduled to fly into airports in the line of the storm.


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Northeast

The storm will wind down early Thanksgiving Day in Maine. However, many roads will remain slippery and snow-covered into the afternoon as some blowing and drifting snow will follow the storm.

While temperatures will not plummet following the storm over the balance of New England and the mid-Atlantic, the air will cool enough for some untreated wet and slushy areas to freeze by Thanksgiving morning. Motorists and pedestrians should be on the lookout for areas of black (clear) ice.

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A breeze and the movement of traffic will dry off major roads with time on Thanksgiving Day, including in areas that were plowed and treated following accumulating snow.

However, where the snow was plowed and shoveled, areas of ice may form again Thanksgiving night, where melting took place. Black Friday shoppers should be on alert for more areas of black ice as a result.


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Midwest to the Southern Appalachians

Areas of light snow will extend from parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin to eastern Tennessee and the mountains of North Carolina through Thanksgiving morning.

This swath of snow and below-freezing temperatures will make for slippery travel for people heading out in the morning.

North Dakota to Montana

Snowy travel is in store along much of I-94 from North Dakota to Montana and along U.S. Route 2 in Montana through Thanksgiving.

While a large amount of snow is not forecast in the northern tier of the Central states, motorists may need to reduce their speed and use extra caution.

Coastal Washington State

Warmer air will prevent snow from falling in coastal Washington to the passes in the Cascades through Thanksgiving Day.

Rain will fall in these areas at times. Fog may reduce the visibility on occasion in the mountains.

Elsewhere

Areas from California and much of Oregon to Florida, the coastal Carolinas and Delmarva can expect good travel conditions on the roads.

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