It is Monday, November 20, 2023, the beginning of what most travel experts believe will be one of the busiest holiday travel seasons ever. AAA projects an estimated 49.1 million Americans will be driving to their Thanksgiving destinations this year- an increase of 1.7% from 2022. TSA is expecting to screen more than 30 million travelers over a 12-day period that began Friday. AAA also says the number of people traveling by bus or train or taking a cruise is up 11% this year compared to last year.

The worst time to travel over the holiday will be 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday according to travel experts. The worst return day is this coming Sunday when most of those who traveled on the five days before Thanksgiving all try to go home at the same time.

Travelers will not only contend with congested highways and airports but also the weather. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and high winds will extend from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Northeast. Those winds could create havoc with the Macy's parade balloons.

A cold front is producing strong winds, high-elevation snows, coastal and valley rains, and a surge of cold air across much of the western U.S. while the middle section of the country will have mostly decent weather.

The beginning Thanksgiving week in Alabama will be a bit rocky with a Slight (2 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms southwest of a line from Sulligent in Lamar County to Tuscaloosa to Centreville in Bibb County. The main threat will be damaging winds to 60mph. However, a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.

A Marginal (1 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms with winds to 60mph and a potential tornado exists east and southeast of that line.

A Wind Advisory will be in effect between 7:00 tonight and 7:00 tomorrow morning. Strong southerly winds 15 to 20 miles per hour will give way to gusts upwards of 40mph during the advisory period.

The Forecast:

Today: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 68. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 63. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9am, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 65 by 11am, then falling to around 59 during the remainder of the day. Southwest wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind around 5 mph.

Thanksgiving Eve: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Thanksgiving Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

Thanksgiving Night: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

High School Football Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Iron Bowl Saturday at Auburn: Partly sunny, with a high near 59

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.


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