A developing storm will hit the nation in two parts this week. This has already been responsible for heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada and Rockies, to the delight of skiers and snowboarders. Traveling however has been stalled with over 3 feet of snow in the mountain passes. Much more is on the way. A cold push will spread a rare snow into Seattle as well.
This same storm system is responsible for a widespread Freezing Rain advisory in the northern plains. Minneapolis, which already had is largest November snowfall in decades last week, is preparing for ice followed by more snow just before Thanksgiving. See the weather outlook and graphics from around the nation in the slide show on the left.
This cold be the coldest Thanksgiving in decades with temperatures expected to drop to near zero in an arctic surge that will spread east. Travel should be a mess on Wednesday for Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, and perhaps through Dallas and New Orleans..
For Baltimore and the big cities along I-95, this will be a mild week. Temperatures are expected to jump into the 60s ahead of the storm, but that will feed into a developing cold front. Wednesday and Thursday will bring rain and thunderstorms, followed by a sharp drop in temperatures. Some computer models indicate that there could be snow as the storm departs on Thanksgiving night. But a better chance of snow showers on Friday and Saturday with cold air flowing across the Great Lakes. Yes, that does include the Baltimore area.
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