It has not been an easy go for travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Over 40 million people across the country are under weather alerts as of Saturday morning as rain, snow, and other forms of inclement weather fire up. The largest storm is now moving from the Midwest into the Northeast, bringing travel delays and dangerous weather conditions along with it.
One of the biggest culprits of destruction is the wind. High wind warnings and wind advisories stretch from New Mexico up to Nebraska, affecting 20 million people. Meteorologists say that these gusts have the potential of reaching up to 85 mph.
On Sunday, the storm should be planted over the Northeast with the interior of the New England region expecting heavy snow. The coastal cities along the eastern seaboard will see mostly rain and a wintry mix. New York City will bear a big brunt of the precipitation. The city is bracing for up to 4 inches of snow mixed with rain starting late Sunday and continuing into Monday. Boston is forecast to see around 6 to 8 inches of snow before the storm finally moves out on Tuesday.
The storm is already causing major travel delays as people rush to get home from their Thanksgiving holiday. As of Saturday morning, more than 400 flights have already been canceled and 6,000 more have been delayed. Some major airlines are allowing eligible travelers to cancel or change their plans. The majority of the travel impacts are expected on Sunday afternoon and through Monday. This disruption could not have come at a worse time with Sunday being the busiest air travel day of the year.
The West Coast has also not been spared. Earlier this week, a bomb cyclone weather system brought snow and rain to the Oregon coast. On Saturday, a new system of precipitation will move into California, bringing feet of snow to the mountains and heavy rain to the valleys and coastal areas of the state.