Of the nearly 50 million people expected to travel this week despite health warnings, 95% are expected to do so by car, AAA said. Other modes of travel, such as air, train and bus, are expected to see sharp declines from last year, AAA said.
Regardless of the mode of transportation, any trip away from your home this year is risky.
For those who follow the health warnings and plan a virtual or outdoor party, the next question will be, Will Mother Nature Collaborate With Your Holiday Plans?
Rounding off the weekend
Sunday morning, the main focus will be a series of showers stretching from Detroit to Little Rock, Arkansas. Rain is the biggest concern south of Toledo, Ohio. For those north of this point there will be a mix of rain / snow.
Sunday afternoon, the showers shift to the east with the main focus between Syracuse, New York and Nashville.
Sunday night, the showers affect areas from Burlington, Vermont and down to Atlanta.
On Monday, the main focus of the showers will be from Caribou, Maine, to Raleigh, North Carolina.
The good news is that total rainfall and snow accumulations are expected to be on the low side. By Monday, the precipitation should be a maximum of one inch or less in most places.
Accumulation of snowfall will mainly be an inch or less as it mixes with rain in so many places. The higher elevations of the green and white mountains as well as northern Maine could get a little more snow with 2-4 inches possible.
Floridians would also like to keep an eye out for a few showers, mainly in the eastern half of the state. Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami have slim rain chances on Sunday before drying out the rest of the coming week.
The eastern United States is not the only area that has to deal with bad weather when we end the weekend.
Areas in the Central Rockies and Southern Plains will also see the chance of showers later Sunday through Monday, including Salt Lake City.
Next storm moves in
By Tuesday and Wednesday, the system that was in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend is moving into the Central Plains and Midwest.
But the Northwest Pacific will look at bad weather again as many disturbances move across the region early next week through the holiday season.
November is often the gloomiest time of the year in the Northwest, and the region will live up to the soft expectations of this week. Seattle and Portland, Oregon, both have rain chances in the forecast every day from Sunday to Wednesday.
Denver will also see some showers on Tuesday, but it will mostly be in the form of snow. Temperatures there will see a big drop from altitudes around 60 on Monday down to the mid 40s on Tuesday.
For the southern plains, not only rain but also thunderstorms are expected in Oklahoma City, Dallas and Wichita, Kansas, Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the same system will be focused from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf Coast. The biggest consequences are likely to be for cities like Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas. The heaviest rain comes from Indianapolis down to Little Rock, where 1-3 inches is possible. Interstate 65, 70 and 75 are likely to have heavy rain at times.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
For those attending the parade locally, the temperature is expected to hover around 50 degrees through the early morning hours with a high temperature forecast in the mid-50s. There is also a chance of scattered showers that morning, but winds are expected to remain light between 5 and 10 mph.
Will Mother Nature collaborate with your outdoor Thanksgiving?
The CDC said a small outdoor gathering is allowed, but will the weather cooperate? In many areas, the answer is yes.
The Upper Midwest and Desert Southwest will be two of the most promising places for dry weather.
Minneapolis, Kansas City and Green Bay, Wisconsin, will all have a mild, dry Thanksgiving. Even Chicago, which starts cloudy, ends very sunny with temperatures several degrees above normal in the afternoon.
That’s another story from Maine to Florida, where rain is in the forecast on Thursday. But it will not be a total leaching and the temperatures will be around 5-15 degrees above normal.
In these cities along with western places like Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming, which also has a chance of snow Thursday, it may be best to stay inside and watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from your warm couch.