By Andy Mussoline – AccuWeather
As millions return home from Thanksgiving this weekend, icy roads will be a hazard in part of the Northeast. An onslaught of storms, bringing snow and rain, will disrupt travel in the West.
Watch for Icy Spots in the Northeast
While drier and milder weather will arrive across the Northeast this weekend, refreezing of melted snow remains a concern.
A winter storm plastered the region with piles of wet snow Wednesday and Wednesday night. The storm knocked out power to more than 300,000 customers in the Northeast at the height of the storm. Thousands remained in the dark on Thanksgiving.
As milder weather reaches the snow-packed Northeast, the snow will melt during the day.
“Wet and water-logged roads and sidewalks will freeze up at night this weekend, creating dangerous travel conditions in the region,” said Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
The icy roads will be the most prevalent travel threat this weekend, especially across the interior.
“Travel during the daytime hours will be much safer,” said Anderson.
Those traveling at night or around dawn this weekend should be prepared for slick spots.
The snowmelt could bring standing water across low-lying and poor drainage areas, but any flooding should be isolated.
A few brief rain showers and even a few flurries will be found over the interior this weekend, but there will be no widespread weather-related threats to ground or air travel.
Snow Will Persist in Rockies, Northern Plains; Rain to Dampen California
Snow will slow travel across Montana and the northern Rockies, while periods of rain will soak northern California this weekend.
A cold storm will usher in periods of snow for the northern Rockies and much of Montana on Saturday.
Travelers on Interstates 90 and 15 should anticipate snow-covered roadways on Saturday as several inches of snow piles up in the region. Some passes through the Rockies may become closed for a time.
Drier weather will settle into the region on Sunday, but frigid weather will keep snow and ice on many roads. The cold weather may even bring some wintry weather across the Pacific Northwest.
“There will be a bit of snow and colder weather in Seattle and Portland during early Saturday,” AccuWeather Western Weather Expert Ken Clark said. “There may be some slick roads in spots.”
Farther south, periods of rain will visit northern California this weekend, including San Francisco. The rain will make roads slick as it combines with oil buildup, including I-5 from Redding to Sacramento, California, as well.
The rain will not be heavy though, so incidents of flooding and disruptions to air travel should be limited.
Mild, Dry in the South
An expansive area of dry and rather mild weather will encompass nearly the entirety of the southern United States. Sunshine will prevail for the most part as highs soared into the 70s and 80s.