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Thanksgiving Travel Fantastic Except For U.S. Northern-Tier

UPDATED 5:30 AM EST, November 22, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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Family gatherings, and lots of great food, have millions of Americans hitting the skies, highways, and byways for the holiday weekend. Here`s a look at weather trouble spots that could confront your safe travel for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Weather Synopsis:

One of the busiest travel days of the year will be tranquil east of the Rocky Front Range, while a storm system skirting the U.S. Northern-Tier promises a bit of rain, snow and strong winds for the northern Plains and Midwest on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, quiet weather will make an appearance just in time for Turkey Day across the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies.

Thanksgiving Day:

Interstates 94 and 29 in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota will become difficult to navigate on Thanksgiving. Intensifying low pressure streaking into the western Great Lakes will produce a swath of moderate-to-heavy snow. Gusty winds in tandem with the snow will significantly reduce visibility, while travel in high profile vehicles will be shaky as far south as Minneapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, due to an increase in gusty winds there.

Along and ahead of the cold front, showers and a few thunderstorms could create a few problems on Interstates 35, 70, as well as 39, 55 and 74 across the Missouri Valley and Midwest. Flight delays will be possible at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Kansas City International Airport, St. Louis` Lambert International Airport, and Chicago`s O`Hare and Midway Airports due to rain.

The East will stay quiet for travelers hitting the roads or heading to the airports to get to their destination for the holiday.

The Northwest will clear out from early week rain and snow while the Southwest and Southern Tier enjoy dry roads with high pressure providing ample sunshine.

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