Travel Forecast driving East Coast

This week’s winter storm is shaping up to be a travel nightmare for Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and the busiest travel day of the year.

A coating to several inches of snow could accumulate along the I-95 corridor on Wednesday. While temperatures have been unseasonably warm early this week, snow is still likely to accumulate along coastal interstates, especially during periods of heavy snowfall.

A Nor'easter that is expected to dump several inches of snow from Washington, D.C., to Boston is dampening holiday travel plans for many travelers this Thanksgiving. (Reuters)

Visibility is expected to drop below half a mile beginning on Wednesday morning as the storm moves northeast from Northern Virginia to southern New England. At times, snowfall rates could reach two inches per hour, especially in the inland areas away from the warm coast, making travel challenging, even on the interstates.

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Watches, warnings, and advisories from NWS Boston. (NWS)Airport delays and possibly cancellations are likely up and down the East Coast due to Wednesday’s storm.


Snow accumulation forecast from the National Weather Service. There is a strong gradient between accumulations of just 1 to 2 inches, and high accumulations of 8 to 10 inches. Boston itself is forecast to receive around 3 to 6 inches of snow, starting in the late afternoon on Wednesday. (NWS Boston)

Precipitation will begin as rain in Massachusetts early Wednesday morning but won’t really get cranking until the early afternoon. Very soon after the storm begins, rain will turn over to snow in inland Massachusetts. Boston will see snow mix in through the afternoon hours, before finally turning to all snow as the temperature along the coast drops to around the freezing mark in the evening. The heaviest snow is expected Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

The storm will begin to wane on Wednesday night, and the worst will have cleared out of Massachusetts by Thursday morning, though light flurries could linger through Thanksgiving Day.

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