What to expect: travel predictions before Thanksgiving

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BUFFALO, NY – With many gearing up for the upcoming Thanksgiving vacation, we know a lot of people are planning to travel.

With guests driving or flying in western New York City, or hitting the road to a family or friend’s house, knowing what weather to expect this week is especially important.

For those starting their vacation early on Monday, the journey will be a bit slow as you’ll head from Buffalo to destinations along the east coast with light and early rains expected in areas such as Boston and New York City early in the day. . For those who drive in areas like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the western areas, no major issues are expected.

Those departing early from Buffalo and heading east on Tuesday may encounter lake-effect flurries early in the day in and around Rochester as you travel on the 90 towards Syracuse and Albany . Additionally, for those traveling on the 90 to Erie, Pa., Lakefront snow is also possible early Tuesday.

Otherwise, travel conditions in areas like Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia appear to go without major issues. For those flying from Buffalo, no major weather impact is expected to affect flights to destinations in the United States.

Wednesday looks like a great day to travel across the United States. For those leaving Buffalo for another destination, the weather will not be the cause of delays, whether you are on a plane or in a car. Traditional traffic jams on major highways will be the cause of any delay rather than the weather, for once!

For those traveling with a business in western New York, conditions on Monday will be level. However, it will be windy with gusts between 25 and 35 mph. There will be snow showers at times, especially for those using I-86 in the late morning and afternoon, but not enough to cause significant travel issues or concerns.

Looking ahead to Tuesday, those heading to Buffalo early in the day from eastern areas will cross lakefront snow between Syracuse and Rochester. There may be some build-up in some spots for those starting early, however, conditions will be drier and a bit brighter in the afternoon.

For those traveling from Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh via Erie, PA, there can be a few slippery spots on I-79 and 90 with a few pockets of snow showers early in the day as well.

For those with guests or families traveling to western New York on Wednesday, conditions couldn’t be more perfect! Expect a mix of sun and cloud and mid-1940s temperatures for most areas.

Again, any delays your guests might face will be due to above average road traffic during one of the busiest travel days of the year.


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