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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Northwest snowstorm still cranking on busy travel day (with forecast video)

Heavy snow and wind Wednesday will likely slow down freight flows in the Northwest, as well as drivers trying to get home for Thanksgiving.

The storm began Tuesday, dumping heavy snowfall in the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, in addition to the Blue Mountains in Oregon. Wind gusts in some parts of the Cascades were close to 60 mph Tuesday. Another 5 to 10 inches of snowfall could pile up Wednesday in the Cascades.

While winds have died down a bit, some areas of blowing snow and reduced visibility are possible. Potential trouble spots include but are not limited to Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. Highway 2 over Stevens Pass.

Lighter amounts of snow will hit the Rockies of northern Idaho and western Montana. It may start as freezing rain, leaving a glaze of ice under the snow in some sections of Interstates 15 and 90. This may impact drivers heading over Lookout Pass.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for all of the areas previously mentioned.

Other Wednesday weather

Showers and thunderstorms will slow down drivers across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys, as well as portions of the Mississippi Valley. Rain could be heavy at times, and some storms could produce severe winds or isolated tornadoes in places such as New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; as well as Louisville, Kentucky.

Thanksgiving Day

Rainfall will move into the Northeast and mid-Atlantic Wednesday night through Thanksgiving Day, impacting the I-95 corridor. Sleet and snow will hit some parts of northern New England. Meanwhile, snow could return to the Rockies.

Black Friday

Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall could drench the Gulf Coast from Texas to western Florida.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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