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Heavy rains and high winds to challenge holiday travelers this week

Posted: 1:05 PM, Nov 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-25 13:05:29-05
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A strong storm system is headed to Ohio this week and could slow down your Thanksgiving Holiday travel plans.

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Low pressure will develop over Oklahoma on Tuesday and then slide northeast toward Ohio Tuesday night and Wednesday. Rain showers will be the main threat for travelers here. Rain will arrive Tuesday night as a warm front slides north through the area. More scattered rain showers are likely through the day on Wednesday. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, thanks to a steady stream of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Thankfully, we will be on the warm side of this storm. Temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday will climb into the 50s both days. This means we will avoid the initial blast of heavy snow that will impact Michigan and Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday. Chicago could even have several flight delays Wednesday.

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As the storm system strengthens near Ohio Wednesday, wind speeds will begin to intensify. Wind gusts Wednesday will likely approach or exceed 50 mph for most of us here in Northern Ohio.

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This map shows wind speeds expected Wednesday across our area.

Travelers leaving or headed to Ohio Wednesday should be prepared for wet roads, low visibility at times, and very gusty winds.

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A cold front will slide east through Ohio Wednesday night. A few lake effect rain and snow showers are possible east of Cleveland when you wake up Thanksgiving morning.

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Another storm system will bring rain and mountain snow to the West Coast and the Inter-Mountain Region Wednesday as well. Flight delays are possible from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas west to San Francisco.

And yet another storm system is set to impact Northern Ohio again Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving. Expect more rain and snow to slow you down to end your holiday weekend.