Christmas Travel: Friday Weather Headaches

"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go".{ }{ }Well, you may want to pack your patience if grandma (or{ }your loved ones) lives in the{ }Upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, or New England where winter weather, whipping wind, and blizzard conditions could slow you down.{ }

Friday will be a big travel day for many, since it's right before the weekend and the Christmas holiday Monday and Tuesday.{ } Just in time for tons of travelers, a big storm system is brewing in the mid section of the country.{ } See how many weather warnings are posted across the country late Wednesday.{ } The red indicates blizzard warnings, the pink, winter storm warnings and the blue, winter weather watches.

National Weather Service

A big dip in the jet stream will allow the cold air that's been trapped in Canada, for much of this winter, to slide South.{ } Couple the cold air with a strengthening area of low pressure with a good bit of moisture and you get a winter weather travel{ }headache.{ } The snow and blizzard conditions East of the Rockies and through the Central Plains will end by Friday,{ }but the storm will then move into the Midwest, Ohio Valley, and New England by Thursday and Friday causing a slow go for many.{ }

Temperatures will plummet across much of the country after this weather system moves East.{ } Highs{ }will only be in the teens and 20s in the upper Midwest and highs in the{ }30s and 40s, here, in the{ }Mid Atlantic.{ } Beautiful weather in the South with sunshine and{ }highs in{ }the 50s and 60s.{ } Keep all of this in mind for packing purposes!

Here's hoping it's a smooth travel day for you and your loved ones.{ } Happy holidays!