Midwest snow, East Coast rain could complicate holiday return travel

November 25, 2018 - 4:44 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – It was smooth sailing for fliers at New York area airports on Sunday, but major snow in the Midwest could have ripple effects on travelers across the rest of the country, including those returning to the tri-state after Thanksgiving.

Rain forecast for the East Coast could also mess up travelers’ plans. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch from 12 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday.

AccuWeather forecasts rain throughout the day Monday, and AccuWeather meteorologists say rain may change to heavy snow Upstate. The rain will start Monday morning and is expected to continue well into the evening amid temperatures in the low 50s. 

Sunday is the busiest of the return travel days after Thanksgiving, but you could barely tell at Newark Airport, where security lines were normal and there were few delays.

That compares to a week ago, when a crush of travelers and a nastier-than-expected snowstorm wreaked havoc at airports and on the roads. Travelers reported waiting for hours on area roadways near LaGuardia, and a significant number of flights were canceled.

Chicago blizzard

AAA said more than 54 million Americans were expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving, while well over a million people were expected to pass through New York airports.

Although conditions were favorable Sunday on the East Coast, a major snowstorm in the Midwest was threatening to derail the travel plans of those heading home from Thanksgiving.

Conditions were expected to rapidly deteriorate Sunday night in Chicago and hundreds of flights were already canceled out of busy O’Hare Airport, which could lead to a domino effect across the country.