While most Americans will be traveling over the river and through the woods to make it to their holiday feasts, a sweeping cold front will be traveling across the country this weekend.
By Thanksgiving Day, the same front that's bringing light and scattered showers from Minnesota and Michigan to Texas cranks up the intensity. Heavy, widespread showers are likely across Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa. Behind that, freezing rain and ice will be falling in parts of Nebraska and Kansas. Snow is most likely to fall across the rest of Nebraska, South Dakota, northwest Iowa, Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin.
While many shoppers are taking advantage of big sales on Friday, the people most likely to get wet going to and from their car will be those shopping from Texas up to Ohio and Michigan.
On Saturday, this entire system begins to fizzle in the Northeast, but the rain just keeps coming in the Southern Plains. And Sunday's weather will only bring a few light and scattered showers in parts of the Mid-South and Midwest. Flurries may linger in the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountains.
Thanksgiving Day will bring the worst weather of the long weekend. After that, it'll mostly be nuisance rain associated with the passing front.
This is a big plus for anyone flying to and from their destination this weekend.