Preparing for Thanksgiving: Holiday Travel Forecast


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Today, people across the country will be travelling to their destination for the big holiday. The weather will play a big part in the timing of arrivals.

Specifically in Middle Georgia this morning, dense fog will create a travel headache. A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for all of Middle Georgia (except Monroe County), until 9 a.m. Visibility may be reduced to one quarter mile or less, which will likely increase traffic through the early morning hours. Drive cautiously, leave extra space between vehicles and use your low beam headlights as you commute to your next location.

Majority of the nation will experience “good” travelling conditions where no delays are expected, though some regions of the United States are prone to more travelling delays today. A ridge of high pressure is setting up across the mid-west and will be shifting east. The southeast will see more sunshine this afternoon. A low pressure system will stay over the Gulf of Mexico as a cold front moves into Florida firing up isolated showers.

That same front is moving east through New England this morning, bringing rain and wintry precipitation – expect flight delays or a slow commute if travelling by car. Once the front clears out, drier air moves in and more sunshine sets up in the northeast this afternoon. The upper northwest will see scattered showers throughout the day. Meanwhile the rest of the Pacific coast will stay dry and sunny.

If you’re staying in Middle Georgia for Thanksgiving, cooler air will be moving south and temperatures will top out close to 60 by the afternoon. A pop-up shower or two is possible, though most of the area will stay dry. Waking up for the early bird specials on Black Friday, temperatures will start off in the low 40’s and climb to the low 60’s with more sunshine later in the day.

Catch all your local headlines and the latest forecast on 41NBC News at Daybreak from 5-7 a.m. before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.