Rain, Snow Expected to Delay Holiday Travelers

Heavy precipitation, but we won't be buried.

national weather service

Today, the day before Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year.

Today, the Philadelphia region is going to get hit with a big ol’ winter storm.

Good luck out there, travelers. The Philadelphia International Airport is already warning of delays.


“The good news is we are not going to get buried,” John Bolaris reports at Philly.com. “The bad news is it’s going to be a horrible day full of heavy rain, sleet and snow.”

The National Weather Service sounds somewhat more grim:

Impacts: Wet, heavy snow in the north and west. Heavy rain in the south. Gusty winds everywhere. Land and air travel will be negatively impacted Wednesday and Wednesday night just before a major holiday. Power outages are likely with the combination of gusty winds and snow hanging on wires and tree limbs. High impact weather will be moving into the region by daybreak Wednesday.

ABC News says the whole Northeast will be affected:

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast. Washington, D.C. could see 1 to 2 inches; Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches. Thanksgiving Day will be mostly dry for the I-95 corridor, but snow will be flying on I-94 on Thursday from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin with a few inches possible there.

NBC 10:

Rain should begin to fall on much of the area around 4 a.m. Wednesday starting in South Jersey and Delaware before spreading north and turning to snow. By 6 a.m. snow should be falling north and west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz.

KYW says it’s more than travelers affected. Today is rehearsal day for the city’s annual Thanksgiving Parade:

Todd Marcocci, the parade’s co-producer (top photo), says they’ll do as much tomorrow as the weather will allow.

“Of course we will be monitoring everything as time goes on, and if we have to ‘mark’ through things rather than do things full-out for camera rehearsals, we will certainly do that,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “Certainly, safety is the first concern.”