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Thanksgiving travel headache?

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We're tracking a few systems moving toward us, one to bring rain today and Saturday, and another to bring rain and some wintry mix to much of the eastern seaboard in time for the busiest travel day of the year.  Today, we're watching cold front #1 move through the Midwest, and in advance of that system we're expecting a dreary, drizzly day with lots of cloud cover.  Highs reach the low to mid-60s today.  Tonight for football, a few more showers will develop with temperatures eventually dropping into the 40s and low 50s.

The cold front will push through the Upstate and Western NC late morning Saturday, bringing AM rain and a few PM showers, but we'll slowly clear out into the evening.  Highs reach the middle 50s to middle 60s, and the breeziness will pick up as the front moves through.  Sunday, clear skies and cold air rush in, bringing breeziness as well as highs that will only reach the middle 30s and 40s.  Monday as well, a cool, dry day in the low to mid-40s.

Now, to the interesting setup for Thanksgiving travel.  The system is still days away, in the development stages at best, so these are preliminary forecasts.  We're watching a low pressure system forecast to move over the northern Gulf late Monday and Tuesday, eventually pushing northward into Georgia and then toward coastal South Carolina.  We're expecting rain for the Upstate and Northeast Georgia starting late Monday night, but the high elevations of Western NC could see some wintry mix as the system begins.  Tuesday, a chilly, soaking rain becomes likely as the system brings Gulf moisture into our region, temperatures only reaching the upper 40s to low 50s.  Wednesday we'll still see scattered rain on & off as the system pushes northward along the east coast, though some sun should return late Wednesday as highs reach the mid-to-upper 40s.  Wednesday night should be mostly dry, but with wet roads and freezing temperatures returning, late night travel could become slick.

By Thursday, we're back to full sunshine, highs in the low 40s in the mountains, and near 50° Upstate.  As the system gets closer, we'll be able to pinpoint the details more firmly.  One thing we're watching closely is how deep the cold air gets into the mountains and Upstate.  If more cold air pushes in with this system, we could potentially see some wintry weather Upstate on those travel days, though right now, it looks like rain.

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