Saturday, November 21, 2020

Potent pre-Thanksgiving storm
may trigger slew of hazards for some

 By Jake Sojda, AccuWeather meteorologist

As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and feast safely amid growing coronavirus concerns, a tumultuous weather pattern could add to the worries for some Americans in the days leading up to the holiday. A multi-faceted storm could deliver everything from a taste of winter to the Plains and Great Lakes to a feeling of deja vu to springtime with drenching rain, gusty winds and perhaps even a threat for tornadoes in the Southeast.

Wintry mix for the Upper Midwest

A storm system will start to spin up in the central Plains on Monday, and it will meet up with cold air that will already be in place across the northern Plains and Great Lakes. The cold air will follow a fast-moving storm set to sweep through the region over the weekend.

This will set the stage for some wintry precipitation on the northern fringes of the storm from Monday night into Tuesday.

Farther north, a cold rain will continue to push from the Midwest across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley and into the Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday.

"While these areas won't really have hazardous weather to contend with, it's not going to be particularly pleasant Tuesday into Wednesday either, with gray skies and periods of chilly rain," Witt said.

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