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The Biggest Travel Week of the Year

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Thanksgiving week is upon us and the holiday travel is already underway. According to AAA, 2017 will be the busiest travel year in the last decade. They project 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. With so many people on the roads, at the airport, and on trains, weather concerns always plague the travel days. Good news for southern New England: there won't be much to slow us down.

A broad ridge of high pressure has brought sunshine back for Monday and Tuesday. The difference between the two days will be wind speed and direction. Monday will be gusty and cold. Afternoon highs will rise towards the low 40s, but it will feel like the 30s all day with gusts of 25+mph. Come Tuesday, winds slow down and temperatures jump! Most will see the mid 50s with some getting close to 60°. That 48 hour period is perfect for local travel.

By Wednesday, a cold front will press in from the west. As it sweeps across southern New England, rain will begin in the afternoon. As you can see by the graphic below, this is not going to be a wash out. In fact, most locations will record less than 1/4". But, couple a little rain with the immense traffic, and that will dampen the trip.

So, at the end of the day, which will be best to head out of town? Tuesday would be best. But, if you have to go on Wednesday, the rain truly won't amount to much.

Stick with us for more blog posts about Thanksgiving itself!

Thanks for reading!
-Meteorologist Zack Green

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