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What weather to expect when you hit the road for holiday travels

From the Tri-State to hunderds of miles away
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Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 08:56:56-05

So many of you will hit the road this week, and we have you covered with your local and regional travel conditions. Thankfully, the weather pattern has turned quiet for a few days, and this bodes well for many of us.

MONDAY

Grab your sunglasses and that warm winter coat if you are hitting the road on Monday. While your car heater will keep you toasty, you'll want a heavy winter coat and gloves for your pit stops. Temperatures are even colder if you are heading northwest toward Chicago. Heading to the east coast? You'll drive in more cloud cover today and warmer air.

Monday's travel forecast

TUESDAY

This will be another great travel day from the Rockies to the east coast. High pressure is keeping the sky sunny and the pavement dry. Even temperatures improve greatly here in the Ohio Valley. Highs in Cincinnati improve to more seasonal levels in the upper 30s.

Tuesday travel forecast

WEDNESDAY

Still no need to hit the brakes due to the weather on Wednesday unless you are heading to northern Michigan or Wisconsin. That's where you'll find snow showers during the day. Elsewhere, it's a green light forecast, as long as you don't hit a lot of traffic. Temperatures continue to improve as well for our region, heading into the low 40s.

Regional highs: Cincinnati - 43, Pittsburgh - 39, Chicago - 36, Indianapolis - 37, Cleveland - 37

Mild and sunny Wednesday forecast

THURSDAY

This looks to be the only day with a hiccup in your travel forecast, but it's not a complete bust. An area of low pressure will swing through the Great Lakes, dragging a cold front along the way. This will produce some light snow showers and/or light rain during the day Thursday. A lot of this will depend on the temperature, so as you travel more to the northeast, there's a better chance it's light snow. Locally, I don't see this as a big system or a big deal. We might get a light dusting of snow on the ground or just a bit of wet pavement. If this is your day to travel, check back for a more updated forecast over the next 36 hours.

Rain/snow mix on Thursday