A storm expected to impact travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday appears to have mostly fizzled out, forecasters said.
With AAA predicting 53.4 million Americans will head home for the holiday this year, meteorologists had begun sounding the alarm over a massive storm which was expected to bring rain and wind and disrupt roads and transit.
“That worry has declined quite a bit over the past 24-48 hours,” said Accuweather senior meteorologist Tim Kines.
While strong winds are forecast for Monday and Tuesday, things should be bright and sunny, if a bit chilly, come Turkey Day.
“At this time, we’re not anticipating any stormy weather” on Thursday, Kines said.
Layers are likely the best choice for anyone planning to line for the Thanksgiving Day parade this year.
The temperature Thursday morning is expected to be in the mid-30s, as the 95th annual Macy’s parade kicks off at West 77th Street. But the day’s sunshine should start heating up things up by the time Santa arrives at 34th Street.
By midday, the thermometer is expected to near the mid-50s.
AAA predicts Thanksgiving travel will increase 13 percent from the pandemic supressed 2020. New York City is the third-most popular US destination on the auto club’s list, behind Disney-centered Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California.
Kines said there’s still a chance that a front could bring some clouds to the region on Thursday, but the highest chance of rain this week comes Sunday night into Monday. By Tuesday, things will dry out. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph — strong enough to ground the balloons — are expected on Tuesday, but will dissipate.