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A Busy Day in the Atmosphere and on the Roads

Dan Stillman @ 2:15 PM

The busiest travel day of the year will see similarly active weather make its way up the East Coast into the D.C. area and points north. When and where will it rain? The forecast details follow ...


Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighWet and windy getaway day. As a coastal storm approaches from the south, we'll see mostly cloudy skies, gusty winds and highs in the mid 40s. The immediate metro area should stay mainly dry through late morning. Rain will spread across the area, from southeast to northwest, during the midday hours, and will be heavy at times into the evening. Overnight, the rain tapers after midnight with lows in the upper 30s to near 40.

Today's Travelcast

Northeast on I-95 and North on I-83; Northwest on I-270 and I-70; West on I-66 and Southwest on I-81: These routes should be mostly dry through noon. Thereafter, rain chances increase substantially, especially on the southern and eastern portions of the routes. The rain should hold off in Philadelphia until about noon, and until afternoon in New York City.

South on I-95: Gusty winds and rain, heavy at times, is likely throughout the day south of Fredericksburg down to the Virginia-North Carolina border. Closer in, between DC and Fredericksburg, the rain moves in during the late morning hours.

East on Rt. 50: Rain will develop across the Eastern Shore during the morning, and will remain steady into the evening. Watch out for strong winds, especially near the coast. Graphic courtesy Google Maps.

Thanksgiving Day

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighCloudy and cool. The weather calms down for Turkey Day. It'll be cloudy and breezy with a few lingering showers possible through midday. Temperatures will continue on the cool side with highs in the upper 40s to near 50. Overnight, clearing skies and diminishing winds as lows drop to the upper 30s in town, low-to-mid 30s in the burbs.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighMostly sunny and warmer. As high pressure takes over, the sun reappears and temperatures climb to a high in the upper 50s. Overnight, clear skies with lows in the upper 30s in town, low-to-mid 30s in the burbs.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighLooking good. With high pressure remaining in control, the weekend is shaping up to be a nice one. Under abundant sunshine, high temps could reach near 60 on both Saturday and Sunday, with a Saturday night low near 40 in town, mid 30s in the burbs.

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