Weather means travel trouble in some spots around U.S. on Wednesday

Weather brings some Thanksgiving travel trouble
Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 07:01:49-05

CINCINNATI -- If you're gearing up to travel to grandma's house -- or really anywhere -- for Thanksgiving this year, you're among nearly 49 million people nationwide who are hitting the roads and skies.

That's the highest number of Turkey Day travelers in almost a decade, possibly due to the improved economy and low gas prices. Stations in Hyde Park, Blue Ash and Loveland were all sitting at $1.93 Wednesday, while Wilder, Erlanger and Alexandria in Northern Kentucky set travelers back $1.99 per gallon.


As millions of Americans hit the road to get to their Thanksgiving destinations, the weather can cause travel headaches and nightmares every year.

As we look at the national forecast for Wednesday, there are two spots in the country that could see some concerns whether you are flying or driving.

The first storm system, and the one that will have bigger impacts on the Tri-State and Ohio Valley, will bring rain and snow to parts of the Midwest and Southeast.

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Rain is expected to develop here in the Tri-State on Wednesday afternoon. We're expecting just light to moderate rain here. Nothing slick, icy or snowy, so our impacts should be minimized.

However, if you are traveling north along I-75, parts of Ohio, Indiana and Lower Michigan could see some icy precipitation. Minor issues are forecast for areas along and north of I-70. The biggest concern for roads would be in Lower Michigan, where icy travel is possible -- especially north of Grand Rapids, Lansing and Flint.

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If you're heading south into the Southeast, a few showers and thunderstorms are forecast for I-75, I-65 and I-85. These rain chances are expected to be scattered and not as widespread as the Ohio Valley.

Airports that could experience delays due to weather with this system are Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville.

Another storm system is forecast to move through the Pacific Northwest. It will bring rain to lower elevations and lots of snow to higher elevations.

Airport locations in Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver and San Francisco could experience delays.

If you're traveling between these two systems through the Plains, the forecast looks great, with sun and clouds, dry weather and no major snow or rain threat.

If you're traveling to the East Coast, the forecast looks great, but the later into the day you head that way, the better chance you have of seeing rain from the Ohio Valley storm system.