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Bad Weather May Leave Some Holiday Travelers Worse for Wear

The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year but this year, it may also ring in some pretty rough weather in certain regions, hampering holiday travel plans.

Snow covered cars on First Avenue in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan December 26, 2010 in New York City.
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Snow covered cars on First Avenue in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan December 26, 2010 in New York City.

The East Coast and Pacific Northwest are expected to face the biggest travel turmoil.

Paul Welsh, vice president of analytics at the Weather Channel, said the weather may not be cooperating with some consumers' travel plans, but it could be good for getting good deals on winter-friendly wear.

"Because it's been so warm from the middle of November through now, my guess is that retailers have had to start taking pretty decent markdowns because there's a pullback in demand," he said. "So [winter] apparel is probably going to be a pretty good buy this weekend."

Here's a roundup of what the holiday travel forecast looks like around the U.S.

Northeast

Travelers in northern Upstate New York and Northern New England should brace themselves for a flurry of snow, sleet and freezing rain. A cold front along the East Coast will unleash heavy rain in the early morning hours, with few showers lingering throughout the day. Dover, New York City, Boston and Maine will all face tough travel delays, but conditions are expected to quiet down on Wednesday night and be calm by Thanksgiving day.

Southeast

A cold front will bring chilly temperatures to southern Georgia, eastern North Carolina and up into parts of southeast Virginia. Light showers are expected throughout Wednesday morning but the weather is expected to dry up later Wednesday. South Florida will face temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees during the day, which will drop down to the 40s to 60s by Wednesday night. Thanksgiving day is slated to be nice and sunny, with highs in the 60s and 70s.

West

The weather looks pretty quiet across much of the West Coast, but a new storm is expected to usher in valley rains, gusty winds and high-elevation snow in the Pacific Northwest — from northern California to Washington State. The West will likely face airport delays, with rain and snow continuing on into Wednesday night and relentlessly into Thanksgiving day. But conditions are expected to remain sunny in a few pockets, including San Diego and Salt Lake City.

Midwest

The Midwest is expected to have some of the best weather this Thanksgiving, while the northern plains will get lots of sunshine. Highs are expected in the 40s, 50s and even 60s but may sink back down to the 30s and 40s on Wednesday evening. Thanksgiving day should see highs back up in the 50s and 60s, though slightly chillier — in the 40s and 50s — in Green Bay.

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