For most people, traveling to get together with family or friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas can be incredibly stressful, whether you're flying or driving.

Traffic can be tedious and annoying, especially if you're traveling with a four and 7-year-old talking nonstop and asking one question after another. If you add the weather factor to your trip, it can turn into a bonafide nightmare!

That's why I'm here to give you the heads up on the possible weather scenarios for this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, it all depends on the location of your destination. I've checked out weather.com, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), The Old Farmer's Almanac, and accuweather.com. Here's what I've discovered for each of those weather services. You choose your favorite.

Accuweather - Meteorologist, Paul Pastelok

Chief Meteorologist Paul Pastelok is predicting a "roller-coaster weather ride." In November, cold air will chill the Northeast with "a couple of rounds of cold weather and some snow." The nasty cold will back off by December but will hit with a vengeance come January. According to Paul and AccuWeather, we could be good to go for both Thanksgiving and Christmas about travel.

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NOAA

Navigating this website was challenging to say the least. First, NOAA is filled with technical weather jargon; I had trouble finding a long-range November and December forecast. Then I found this lame excuse for not being able to provide that forecast.

A seven-day forecast can accurately predict the weather about 80 percent of the time and a five-day forecast can accurately predict the weather approximately 90 percent of the time. However, a 10-day—or longer—the forecast is only right about half the time.

 

OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC

November 2021 - Chance of wet snow and storms across the Northeast States in mid-November and gusty winds and showers close to Thanksgiving.

December 2021 - Deep freeze-your-ass-off weather arriving by Christmas with scattered snow showers.

Let's review: I feel like I've let down everyone who was expecting a play-by-play up to the minute forecast for Thanksgiving and Christmas travelers. Realistically, it can't be done, but you will get a seven-day forecast that's approximately 80% correct most of the time.

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