What you need to know about Valley Thanksgiving week storms

Wednesday, 27 Nov, 2019

It will be warm enough for rain to fall this afternoon in the Metro.

Winter Storm Warnings are out for Winona, Wabasha, and Fillmore counties beginning at 6 pm Tuesday until 6 pm Wednesday.

According to Schlatter, the first snowstorm will begin Monday afternoon and will continue until Tuesday, Nov. 26, around noon.

Snowfall is expected to increase over the course of the night to about 2 inches per hour, the NWS said.

The balloons can't be flown when sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, per New York City regulations.

Blizzard conditions are expected in the mountains of southern OR and northern California, with high waves and strong winds battering coastal areas as the storm comes in from the Pacific Ocean. It will bring more snow, possibly heavy, to Colorado Friday and early Saturday. Dry air will work its way into south-central and southeastern Iowa. "It is highly recommended that people try to stay home".

Winds gusts could reach as high as 45 miles per hour along the Jersey Shore, near the mouth of the Delaware Bay and in the hills of northwestern New Jersey with similarly windy conditions expected statewide Wednesday evening and Thursday, forecasters say.

Most of the state east of the Divide will likely be seeing accumulating snow on Thanksgiving, which brings the potential for major travel problems. Even parts of southern Lower could have isolated areas over one inch. It adds that what could be a record-setting storm system will likely turn into a bomb cyclone - meaning the storm will intensify at an unusually rapid rate.

Forecasters are warning of "difficult to impossible travel conditions" across much of northern Arizona later this week as a storm dumps about 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow along an area including Interstate 40. The low will lift northeast from Central Kansas and cross to near Des Moines by tonight. 6-12 inches in the southern mountains.

Julie Hall, a spokesperson for AAA, warns that trips may take four times longer in major metropolitan areas, especially Wednesday afternoon and in the early evening. While lows will drop back into the 10s, temperatures are expected to rise after midnight as the clouds move in.

Travel is likely to become very hard with significant blowing snow reducing visibility and even leading to near blizzard conditions at times.

Snowfall could end up at a foot or more in spots above 5,500 feet, including in Flagstaff.

Multiple disturbances are impacting our state this week but the most significant storm will bring more Valley rain and a lot of high country snow by Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The storm system is so powerful that some thunderstorms are likely overnight!

High winds are also expected to spark travel chaos for many by Wednesday, which is said to be the busiest travel day of the year.