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What's Causing the Epic Thanksgiving Storm - Live Science

This impacted our family travelers, and probably most of yours...so here is an explanation...which does not help get them to you more quickly (or vice-versa), but to read while schedules get re-arranged. Our families wish you and yours the very best Thanksgiving ever!!

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A messy winter storm is moving across the eastern half of the United States, threatening to delay drivers and 
fliers right before Thanksgiving Day, one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Weather forecasters say a few key atmospheric componentsjoined forces to create this meteorological misery.

The storm is actually the same upper level low-pressure system, or trough (essentially a dip in the jet stream), that tore over the Southwest over the last few days, Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said. The storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in parts of northern New Mexico, prompted hundreds of flight cancellations in Texas and caused several deadly traffic accidents across the region, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Now that it's moving east, the storm is pulling in more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

"It's just now getting to the point where once it gets to the Gulf region, it has more moisture to work with," Hurley told LiveScience Tuesday morning (Nov. 26).

That means a large swath of the eastern United States, from Tennessee to Maine, could see heavy precipitation. Through Thursday morning, the system is expected to unleash between 2 and 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain on average, with some areas likely seeing more, said Patrick Burke, another NWS forecaster. ...more




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