Millions of holiday travelers will start winding down this year’s Thanksgiving festivities as rain and snow sweep through the Midwest on Saturday then push into the Northeast on Sunday into Monday.
“Wintry weather will produce some difficult travel conditions across parts of the eastern US Sunday and Monday,” the National Weather Service tweeted. “The big storm that moved onto the West Coast last Tuesday will reach the eastern US this weekend.”
Ahead of the anticipated winter weather, American Airlines issued waivers for passengers traveling Sunday and Monday on flights to and from New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports as well as Newark and the airline’s hub in Philadelphia.
Other cities in the American Airlines announcement include Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Canada.
Of special concern is Sunday, when millions of holiday travelers head home. There will be a mix of rain and snow through the Midwest and an icy mix in parts of the Northeast, with New York City and Boston forecast to have snow, followed by rain.
“Although the exact snowfall amounts are still uncertain, travel impacts are likely Sunday afternoon into Monday,” the National Weather Service tweeted.
Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day ever for the US airline industry, with 3.1 million passengers expected that day, according to the organization’s estimates.
A second storm that affected the Northeast this week has now pushed into the Atlantic Ocean, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.