In the days after Thanksgiving, AccuWeather forecasters say there is the potential for a storm to cause widespread travel delays for those traveling home after the long holiday weekend or heading back to work or school across a huge area of the United States.
Different scenarios are being presented at this stage because the exact size and strength of the potential storm is still yet to be determined. But if the storm, which isn't even on weather maps yet, comes together in one extreme circumstance, it could trigger severe weather and wintry conditions across the central and eastern U.S.
The backbone of the potential storm is currently way out in the northern Pacific, which means it will be several days before the storm's true extent will be known. However, meteorologists have been able to project multiple scenarios, including one that shows a blockbuster storm unleashing a slew of weather hazards across the eastern third of the U.S.
How quickly this storm develops and then where it tracks will determine the extent and intensity of rain, thunderstorms, wind and even snow over the eastern third of the nation from Sunday to Tuesday. In an extreme scenario, there may be power outages and risk to lives and property.
Some of the key features were associated with surface disturbances and ripples in the jet stream located way out over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday and were not expected to reach the West Coast of the U.S. until the end of the week," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.