Storm forecast to organize quickly along eastern slopes of central Rockies and Plains Tuesday morning, then race northeastward toward Great Lakes Tuesday afternoon and night.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center – November 22, 2019 – A moderate storm will pack enough punch with snow, rain and wind to have major impact on Thanksgiving travel in the central and eastern United States next week.
The timing of the storm will coincide with the peak of holiday travel. AAA said in its annual Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast that there will be "major delays throughout the week, peaking Wednesday with trips taking as much four times longer as commuters mix with travelers" -- and meteorologists say the storm's impacts will sweep across the nation from Tuesday to Wednesday and beyond.
The storm is forecast to organize quickly along the eastern slopes of central Rockies and Plains during Tuesday morning then race northeastward toward the Great Lakes during Tuesday afternoon and night.
Snow will fall in a narrow zone on the northern and western flank of the storm. The exact track will determine where several inches of snow falls and causes slippery roads and hazardous conditions.
"At this time, enough snow to create winterlike travel is anticipated from central and northeastern Colorado to much of Nebraska, northern Kansas, much of Iowa, northwestern Missouri, northwestern Illinois, southeastern Minnesota, central and eastern Wisconsin and northern Michigan," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
"Enough snow to shovel and plow is anticipated in this swath."