An ill-timed winter storm is expected to make an appearance on the East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl holiday travel plans on what is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year.
The storm system is expected to form off the coast of Florida on Tuesday night and move up the coast, hitting much of New England from Wednesday through Thursday morning.
“Wednesday is probably the worst travel day, and it just so happens that we have a coastal low that will be moving up the coastline,” said Ross Dickman, meteorologist in charge at the
The storm, described as a classic nor'easter, is expected to bring as much as a foot of snow to some parts of New England, and could drop temperatures to freezing or below freezing throughout New York and New Jersey.
The snow and rain are expected to clear out in time for New York City’s
Much of Massachusetts, where heavy downpours are already being reported, is under a winter storm watch for Wednesday morning through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Boston.
This week's East Coast storm could put a damper on holiday travel in and out of the country's West Coast, even as Los Angeles anticipates 80-degree temperatures Thanksgiving Day.
"It just takes one airport to essentially have a rippling effect for the national airspace," Dickman said.
If L.A.-bound travelers do make it out of the East Coast, more travel headaches could await: One report predicts that Los Angeles traffic will be the worst in the nation Wednesday.
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