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Significant storm impacting holiday travel

7:39 P.M. ET 11/24/2004


John Desjardins, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



A major storm is bringing rain, snow, and severe thunderstorms to the eastern half of the country. Rain will be prevalent through the overnight hours from Virginia into New England. The rain will be heavy at times. Farther south, thunderstorms pushed through the Southeast earlier today. The storms are losing some of their punch as they move towards the coast. Look for diminishing rainfall across the Carolinas and eastern Georgia through the evening. Showers and storms will linger across the Florida Peninsula overnight and into Thursday.


The problem across the Midwest is not rain, but snow. Over six inches of snow have fell across parts of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan. Heavy snow fell for a time in Chicago, resulting in delays over five hours at O'Hare International Airport, one of the nation's busiest. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are moving across parts of the Ohio Valley. Some of the storms could be severe through the evening hours in Ohio and Kentucky. Ironically, as these storms push east and colder air moves into the region, the rain may actually end as snow across parts of Ohio.


Overall, Thanksgiving Day will be much quieter on the weather scene. Morning showers will be prevalent from New York City into New England. While scattered showers may last into the afternoon, the main weather story will be increasing winds as colder air works into the region. A few light lake-enhanced snow showers are possible downwind of the Great Lakes.

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