Powerful storm to have major impact on Thanksgiving travel

by: John Ahrens Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

While we wait on the biggest temperature drop of the season so far, the bigger story that is emerging is a powerful storm that will have a major impact on Thanksgiving travel.

For the next several days the weather will remain quiet and cold. Highs will barely get above the 40s. Meanwhile, that storm will be getting through the southern Rockies.

It will be knocking on the door by Tuesday afternoon.

Because this storm still has to get through the higher terrain of the Rockies, computer models do not have much to go on as to where exactly it will end up and that will have a big impact on our weather.

Consequently, many models do not agree on when this rain will start/finish in the Charlotte area. Here's what we are going with at this point:

Showers will start in Charlotte Tuesday afternoon and evening.

That rain will really pick up through the day on Wednesday. It will be a very cold, damp and rainy day on Wednesday with temperatures in the middle 40s. This will by far be the worst travel day.

Meanwhile, heavier rains will be falling to the south with snow possible to the north of us in the Ohio valley.

That storm will finally start to pull away by Thanksgiving day.

However, it will be pulling cold air into the area very early in the day. There will be the possibility of a few snowflakes close to Charlotte as a result.

This is still very early in the forecast so stay tuned. At this point, the area at the greatest risk for snow will be north of Charlotte.