RICHMOND (WRIC)—Winter weather is throwing a wrench in Thanksgiving travel plans across the country. Ice, snow storms and heavy rains have already caused several accidents and plane cancellations.
It looks like the weather will be causing significant impacts on the roadways, as well as at airports not only in Central Virginia, but all over the East Coast.
A storm system currently located in the south central parts of the country will push eastwards and intensify. Rain will break out from southwest to northeast beginning late Tuesday morning into the early afternoon.
Off to the west, some sleet could mix in at the very onset, but not cause any issues. Rain becomes moderate to heavy at times Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
As the storm strengthens and pulls to our northeast, it will drag cold air in behind it. If enough moisture lingers behind the storm, we could see some flurries, but nothing more.
How much rain are we talking? It will be a soaker; the mountains to our west will likely pick up the greatest totals—anywhere from 2 to 4 inches.
Along I-95, we will see 2 to 3 inches of rain and coastal spots recording anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.
The good news here is that the majority of the storm will wind down by Wednesday evening, and we will turn breezy and cooler for Thanksgiving Day.
The flight boards at Richmond International Airport all look fine and passengers are coming and going, but with heavy rain forecasted for our area and winter weather possible to the north and west of us, things could change.
"Pay attention to what's happening with the weather locally and also at your connecting airports if you need to make a connection," says Airport Spokesperson Troy Bell. "Probably the best way is through your airline. If you have a smart phone and you can download an app for your favorite airline. That's a great way to keep track of your flight status."
And over the next few days, 1.2 million Virginians will be traveling, 91 percent of them hitting the roads.
"There's going to be a lot of people on the road period," says AAA Mid-Atlantic Spokesperson Tammy Gobert. "When you add treacherous road conditions to that… rain… freezing rain… snow ice… that just makes it even worse. If you can stay home, stay home.
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