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Glenn's Thanksgiving Travel Guide

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Philadelphia International Airport, 30th Street Station, and many roads were packed on Tuesday. NBC10’s Cydney Long has the update on what to expect the next couple of days in this year’s holiday travel rush. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    GUSTY WINDS CONTINUED TUESDAY
    Here are the peak wind gusts in parts of our area Monday (from NWS)
    ***********************PEAK WIND GUST***********************

    LOCATION             MAX WIND     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                            GUST            OF
                             MPH    MEASUREMENT

    DELAWARE

    ...NEW CASTLE COUNTY...
       NEW CASTLE COUNTY AI    46   315 PM 11/21  ASOS

    NEW JERSEY

    ...CAPE MAY COUNTY...
       19 SSE PORT NORRIS      49  1236 AM 11/21  NOS-NWLON

    ...GLOUCESTER COUNTY...
       12 E ELMER              47   110 PM 11/21  NJ-MESONET

    ...MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
       3 WSW TOTTENVILLE       46  1239 AM 11/21  WXFLOW

    ...MONMOUTH COUNTY...
       KEYPORT                 53   101 AM 11/21  TRAINED SPOTTER
       7 N LONG BRANCH         52  1240 AM 11/21  WXFLOW
       8 SE HUGUENOT           50  1246 AM 11/21  CWOP

    ...SUSSEX COUNTY...
       HIGH POINT              60   240 PM 11/21  NJWXNET

    PENNSYLVANIA

    ...BERKS COUNTY...
       READING REGIONAL AIR    49   303 AM 11/21  ASOS

    ...CHESTER COUNTY...
       4 ESE COCHRANVILLE      50  1135 AM 11/21  DEOS

    ...MONROE COUNTY...
       POCONO MOUNTAINS MUN    52   142 AM 11/21  ASOS

    ...MONTGOMERY COUNTY...
       3 SSW SCHWENKSVILLE     52   230 PM 11/21  CWOP

    ...PHILADELPHIA COUNTY...
       NORTHEAST PHILADELPH    51   140 PM 11/21  ASOS

    Officially, our peak gust at Phila. International Airport was 47 mph. Harrisburg, PA had a gust of 54 mph Monday afternoon.

    Tuesday was also a windy day, but gusts reached 35 mph-not quite as much as Monday.

    THE LAKE-EFFECT SNOW MACHINE GETS TURNED ON

    Lake-effect snows are most spectacular both early and late in the season, when the lakes are unfrozen and relatively warm. They are warmer in November than in spring, so this is the time of year when they can get snow measured in FEET. The radar shows the direction of the wind….

    And if the wind direction doesn’t change, that same narrow band of heavy precipitation stays in the same area.

    The bottom line for travel: DON’T DRIVE UP I-81 FROM PENNSYLVANIA INTO NEW YORK STATE! It’s like a blizzard up there!

    HOLIDAY TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE LAKE-EFFECT AREAS
    Those traveling between Tuesday and Thanksgiving Day will be pretty lucky. A weak weather system will be moving eastward across the area, but it should be warm enough for rain showers (not snow) from Chicago through Cleveland through Pittsburgh. And much of New England will be dry through Wednesday.

    Here is a computer forecast map for Wednesday afternoon:

    On Thanksgiving Day, some of the moisture moving from Chicago will be moving into New England, bringing the chance of at least some light snow.

    Here’s the map for Thursday afternoon:

    The blue area is light snow, and the light green area is light rain. This model tends to overdo the precipitation, so I only expect some spotty light showers in our area.

    By Friday, this system is gone, and dry weather returns:

    Stay tuned for more as the first big holiday weekend of the season nears.