Thousands of Flights Delayed this Thanksgiving Due to Severe Weather

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On what are the busiest travel days of the year, thousands of flights were delayed leaving three major airports servicing New York City due to severe weather. According to FlightAware, 6585 flights have been delayed and 2365 flights have been cancelled as of 8:45 a.m. CST, 11/28/22.

Two years post-COVID, travel volumes have increased dramatically. According to NBC news, nearly 55 million people were expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year. However, as many made their way to the airport to travel home on Sunday November 27th, severe weather swept through the eastern United States impacting travel drastically. This weather included snow, rain, and strong winds. Continue reading the NBC News report from November 27th, 2022 at 2:09 PM CST.

NWS Tweet about weather on November 27 2022

Wind advisories were in place Sunday for about 14 million people across the Ohio Valley and Southeast, including Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; and Asheville, North Carolina.

A wind gust of 53 mph was reported early Sunday morning in Kentucky. Gusts this afternoon will range from 25 to 35 mph.

On Sunday morning, rain pounded the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions, threatening morning travel for cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

This cluster of rain will continue to move to the Northeast, bringing the heaviest downpours to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston early to mid-afternoon Sunday.

Rain will mainly end by late afternoon and early evening across the Northeast, but some scattered showers may linger late Sunday night into early Monday morning for parts of New England, with rain changing to snow for some across northern Maine.

Storm totals will range from 0.5 to 1.25 inches of rain across the eastern third of the country.

Another developing storm system has continued to bring heavy rain in addition to mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest this weekend with winter weather and storm alerts in place from Washington to Colorado, according to the weather service.

The heaviest snow on Sunday will fall on parts of the Cascades and northern Rockies with totals generally ranging from 2 to 7 inches, but snow accumulation of 15 inches or more is possible for higher elevations and mountain passes. It will also be quite windy, with gusts up to 65 mph possible, which will reduce visibility tremendously and make travel hazardous.

Snow from this system will dip south on Monday, impacting Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Snowfall totals will range from 6 to 12 inches, with localized higher amounts possible in the higher elevations, according to the weather service. Wind gusts will also remain high in this region to start the week, with gusts around 30 to 50 mph.

Looking ahead, this storm system will bring an enhanced risk for severe weather across the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley on Tuesday.