A snowy, wet weekend could be in the cards for Christmas travel across large parts of the United States.
According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, a storm system will bring rain to an area ranging from the upper Gulf coast to the lower Great Lakes, central and southern Appalachians and the I-95 corridor in the Northeast from Friday into Saturday. On Saturday, that will turn to snow and ice from the central Great Lakes to part of the central Appalachians and New England.
On Christmas Eve, a second storm will bring snow to the central Rocky Mountains, including the Denver area, on Saturday, before heading east Saturday night and Sunday, Accuweather reports. That storm could bring snow to parts of the central Plains, Ohio Valley and central Appalachians. Finally, a third storm could bring snow to parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England Sunday night into Christmas Day.
The storms could cause flight delays due to de-icing operations, but as of yet no major airlines have issued flight change or cancellation waivers for the weekend. Slick road conditions are possible, however, during what AAA is forecasting to be another record-setting holiday travel period. 97.4 million Americans will be on the road over the weekend, although we’re past what were forecast to be the busiest days for holiday travel: December 20 and 21.