Good news for Thanksgiving travelers: Forecasters predict most of the country will be dry through the holiday as 54 million hit the road

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Dry weather is predicted across the majority of the US on the busiest travel day of the year Wednesday as an estimated 54 million Americans hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited
Dry weather is predicted across the majority of the US on the busiest travel day of the year Wednesday as an estimated 54 million Americans hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday

Dry weather is predicted across the majority of the US on the busiest travel day of the year Wednesday as an estimated 54 million Americans hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

No major storm systems are expected to affect travel to the east of the Rocky Mountains through the weekend, though parts of the West Coast may face rain and mountain snow.

The Thanksgiving travel rush was off to a smooth start on Tuesday as there was no particularly notable road congestion and fewer than 100 flights were cancelled around the country. 

On Wednesday an arctic cold front is expected to sweep through the Great Lakes and New England, bringing with it some light pockets of snow in the north and leaving areas toward the south dry.  

In the central region of the US the greatest likelihood of rain is predicted near the Texas Gulf coast, with dry weather predicted in the north-central states and some minor snow showers in the northern Great Lakes. 

On the West Coast wet and wintry weather could extend from Southern California to the Great Basin by Wednesday evening, meteorologists warn.   

Wet and wintry weather conditions could crop up on the West Coast through the week's end
a screenshot of a cell phone: The American Automobile Association and analytics company INRIX have predicted the worst times to hit the road for Thanksgiving festivities this week in America's most congested cities

As Thanksgiving Day nears, a strong area of high pressure from the Arctic Circle is expected to descend southward across Canada and into the Northeast, sending temperatures plummeting toward levels more common on New Year’s Day. 

Blustery winds and high temperatures in the teens could make the holiday one of the coldest on record in New England.  

However, the bitter cold will be accompanied by dry conditions, which is good news for roadtrippers.  

Floridians have been warned that showers may hit Wednesday or Thursday.  

The Central US is expected to dry out by Thursday as warmer than average temperatures are predicted in the Plains, with a small possibility of thunder storms in Texas. 

In the west, the possibility of rain and snow will remain the same through Thursday and Friday.  



Nationwide weather forecasts for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are pictured above 
a group of people standing next to a sign: The Thanksgiving air-travel rush got off to a relatively smooth start Tuesday thanks to mild weather conditions throughout the US, with just 100 flights canceled by the afternoon
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