Very Early Holiday Forecasts

Travel Delays For Thanksgiving? White Christmas?

We have sort of left that area where summer turns into autumn, did a few weeks of autumn, and now we're in that period where Old Man Winter sort of has autumn around the neck and is slapping it repeatedly. Autumn will rally today and tomorrow, but Winter is preparing the finishing move.

Today will be upper 40s/lower 50s, and that will last through the local football games into Saturday. However, by the time Saturday night comes around, we'll be taking aim at the 20s. It's all downhill from there (highs in the 30s, lows approaching the teens) for a couple of days. After that, it gets interesting.

Just in case you forgot, the last time we had weather as cold as what is coming for us was the February Blizzard. The Pats game should be frigid, if you're going. The annual Cape Cod Cares For The Troops wrap party this weekend will also be cold. This Chill will only last a few days, but the warm-up will not be friendly to us.

A storm will form off the Georgia coast and move up the seaboard next Wednesday. It is currently viewed as a threat to make snow N and E of I-95. Of course, southern storms draw up southern air, so we should warm up some. Cape Cod's proximity to the incoming storm would almost guarantee her a rain event, and the South Shore/South Coast also look rainy.

Inland and especially upland (NH/VT/ME) could be in for a bit of powder, especially away from the coast. I know Vermont doesn't have a coast, but bear with me.

Now, residents of Cape Cod- where the Pilgrims first landed- and residents of Plymouth County- where the Pilgrims set up shop- tend to host on Thanksgiving. Why go to Pennsylvania or upstate NY to celebrate the Pilgrim feast? If you live in Plymouth and reside in anything but a run-down cottage or a slummy apartment, you should be hosting every year. The same goes if you live in Myles Standish-founded Duxbury or oldest-town-on-Cape-Cod Sandwich.

If you're hosting, a rotten holiday travel forecast is SEP... Somebody Else's Problem. You even should catch a break for the Thanksgiving games, as most of the meteorological entertainment should be over by then.

However, if you have to travel... and especially if you have to travel far away.... there could be issues. The storm will be working the entire Eastern Seaboard and I-95 corridor. Be it rain and especially be it snow, the storm is bound to inspire numerous travel delays. In fact, due to Thanksgiving being what it is, there will be travel delays even if it is sunny and 70 degrees. Throw in a coast-hugging nor'easter, and we should be in for some extended ETAs.

Of course, the storm does have a good chance of moving out to sea, which would put us on her fringes. That means rain for us, and things looking better inland. A fringe miss may also give us some flurries, if the warm air does not displace this weekend's cold air.

Either way, it's a week from yesterday, and we'll keep you updated on any weather impacting the busiest travel day of the year. We just thought that we'd give you an early forecast for your Thanksgiving travel.

Speaking of early... let's jump 33-34 days ahead and have us a look at the extended long-range Christmas forecast!

We're over a month away from Santa time. As you might imagine, things could change between now and then. However, there is talk of some snow just before Christmas. We're not talking any mega-event, just an inch or two.

The fun part is that the temperatures will stay pretty cold after the snow. If we get flurries on Christmas Eve after an inch or two the previous two days, we'd have a pretty good chance of there being some snow on the ground Christmas morning.

I'm not promising you, just mentioning that it could happen. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on