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Thanksgiving Travel Forecast: First Look

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – First there was Sandy, then just a week later, a cold and snowy Nor’easter, a dubious start to the colder weather months.

I think everyone would agree the Northeast could use a break and it appears that is exactly what is in the cards to kick off the holiday travel season.

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Let’s take an early day-by-day look at the weather across the country next week.

MONDAY

New England: Mainly sunny and cool, a light easterly wind could mean a few extra clouds near the coast, but generally a tranquil start to the week.

Elsewhere: A giant ocean storm will be forming well east of the Carolinas and will likely mean some gusty winds and perhaps some rain near the Coastline of the Carolinas.  The only weather of note will be some rain and snow in the Pacific Northwest from northern California to Seattle, otherwise expect quiet and near normal temperatures across the U.S.

TUESDAY

New England: Sunny, quiet and chilly, upper 40′s.

Elsewhere: The ocean storm moves east, away from the East Coast, just making the seas a bit rough. Dry and cool along the entire East Coast and eastern half of the U.S.  The Pacific Northwest continues to be the only active weather location with rain and snow continuing there.

WEDNESDAY

New England: More of the same, sunny and cold, 40′s.

Elsewhere: A cold front cuts through the upper Midwest, mostly a dry front, but delivering a shot of very cold air into the upper Midwest and the Dakotas. More rain and snow in Oregon and Washington. Elsewhere, and for the majority of the country, seasonal and dry.

THANKSGIVING

New England: A cold front approaches western New England late in the day, drawing in slightly milder air ahead of it, partly sunny, 50-to-55.

Elsewhere: Some rain showers along that cold front in the Ohio Valley and yet another storm slams into the Pacific Northwest with more rain and snow.

BLACK FRIDAY

New England: Slight shower risk as a cold front slides through without much fanfare. Some sun, 50′s.

Elsewhere: A big warmup starts in middle of the country and the Midwest, colder and unsettled in the northwestern U.S.

You can follow Terry on Twitter at @TerryWBZ.

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