Pennsylvania Thanksgiving Weather Could Be Messy
Thanksgiving is a time to be with beloved family and friends, which means it also involved traveling. November is a strange month weather-wise across the U.S. Some years, November brings all kinds of extreme weather, from snow in the north to heavy rain in the south. But, other years, November is really mild, bringing the perfect travel weather. So, what will the weather be like this year? Looking at the new forecast, Pennsylvania Thanksgiving weather could be messy, so be warned.
When it comes to holiday travel, this season is going to be a big one. According to AAA, 55.4 million travelers will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. That’s a big increase over last year, with 2.3% more people traveling. Those projections also mark the third-highest Thanksgiving forecast since AAA started tracking holiday travel in 2000. The only years with more travel were 2005 and 2019. As for the mode of transportation, most people will drive this holiday, according to AAA. But, 4.7 million people will fly over the Thanksgiving holiday, which is 6.6% higher than in 2022. That’s also the most Thanksgiving folks flying since 2005.
Now, let’s look at weather predictions, via the National Weather Service. While the past few weeks have been pretty quiet for weather across the U.S., the latest forecast models predict some volatile weather coming up. For those traveling early, from Nov. 16 through Nov. 19, snow is possible in the upper Midwest, especially upper Wisconsin and Michigan. A storm system is likely to organize in the East, bringing heavy rain to the New England area and Northeast. This could disrupt travel quite a bit. Finally, forecasters predict the same storm system to bring heavy rains down South.
For Pennsylvania, the pre-Thanksgiving forecast looks pretty good, with this weekend being mostly to partly sunny in Philadelphia, with a chance of some light rain on Saturday. In Pittsburgh, the light rain will come on Friday, according to the forecast. But, the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving could get messy. Right now, the forecast for both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh calls for heavy rain on both days before clearing out for sunshine on Thanksgiving day. Stay safe this holiday, and if the weather looks hazardous, wait to hit the road.