Thanksgiving 2016 Travel Forecast for Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin
Thanksgiving is a time for many to hit the road to see family and friends, with an estimated 48.7 million people traveling 50 miles or more this year, according to AAA. If you'll be one of those people hitting the road for the holiday, we we took a look into our weather crystal ball to see what to expect.
As always, forecasts more than a few days out are not always extremely reliable, but here is how things look as of right now.
If you're planning on getting an early start on your turkey day travel, Tuesday looks to be the messiest day of the week for travel. Most of Minnesota and Wisconsin will see a chance of precipitation, with snow to the north and rain to the south.
Temperatures will be in the mid 30s in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in the low 40s in places like the Twin Cities, Rice Lake, and Wausau. Northern parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin could see 2-4 inches of snow through the day, while rain is more likely toward the Twin Cities, Eau Claire, etc.
The day before Thanksgiving is looking like a pretty decent travel day. Snow is possible early, especially east of the Twin Ports, with trace amounts possible. It will be generally cloudy with temperatures near 40 degrees around the region during the day, cooling off to the upper 20s and low 30s at night.
If you're making your journey on Turkey Day, travel in the early parts of the day should be pretty decent. A mix of clouds and sun will be prevalent around the region, with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. There is a chance of rain, snow, or a mix of both on Thursday evening, primarily on the Minnesota side of the border.
Snow chances continue into Black Friday to the north and rain to the south, with a trace up to an inch of snow possible through the day around much of the region. Temperatures will be in the mid 30s to the north and low 40s in central and southern parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Saturday will be clear to partly cloudy with temperatures near the 40 degree mark around the region.