POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 11:07am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 3:15pm
Image: NCEP 00z GFS model valid 11/26/09 5 PM MST
The ever important Thanksgiving holiday is ahead and with many folks hitting the skies and the roads we've decided to take an early look at your forecast. An inspection of the long range Global Forecast Model shows a possible quiet holiday for the Borderland. The image above shows our region under an upper level High Pressure and between two storms. Looks like a major storm system will be pulling out of the Midwest and moving into the Great Lakes region on Thanksgiving. At the same time, there may be an upper level storm over Northern Mexico, bringing rain well to our south. We may see clouds through the holiday but it looks like we'll avoid travel delays locally related to rain or snow. However that may not be case across the rest of the nation. The Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service, is showing below normal temperatures for the eastern 2/3 of the nation along with a chance for above normal precip from Southeast Texas, through the Gulf Coast, up the East Coast, to New England, from Nov 25th until the 1st of December. Much of the west and the Rocky Mountain states looks to be dry. Though this forecast can easily change, I suspect there will be a storm early in the week of Thanksgiving across the Rockies and our region. By mid-week the storm will be rolling through the nations mid-section. This could spell travel delays for many east Texas cities (i.e. Dallas and Houston) along with the important Midwest hub Chicago. The rain/snow threat will shift east on Thanksgiving and through the following weekend for much of the Southeast and the east coast. Soggy turkeys may be the case for cities like Miami, Atlanta, DC, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. We'll keep you up to date here on Newschannel 9 as we get closer to the holiday.