As well-fed travelers pack their bags, hit the road and board planes this weekend, widespread rain and snow could cause delays on the journey home.
Several weather systems are forecast to disturb regions of the US on Saturday and Sunday, including two in the Northeast and another pair that will dump snow on parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Multiple storms are also expected to move across the Southeast this weekend, with many areas receiving up to 1 inch of rain by Sunday night as Texas faces dueling conditions of snow and rain.
After rain on Friday, two separate systems will dampen weekend travel plans in the Northeast and Midwest over the weekend.
Saturday will bring a sunny break, the National Weather Service predicts, before a cold front brings wetter and windier conditions Sunday.
“Precipitation will fall as rain for most, but wintry mixed precipitation will be possible in northern New England and parts of the Great Lakes region,” the National Weather Service said.
Widespread rainfall of 1 to 3 inches is forecast across much of the eastern US over the weekend. Dry conditions are expected to return to the region as the system moves off the East Coast on Monday, according to the NWS.
Those traveling through Texas could face a rough ride this weekend as the state has heavy snowfall in its western counties and potentially flooding rains in the east.
Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and a blizzard warning are in effect across West Texas and southeastern New Mexico until Saturday morning, when the snow is expected to begin to taper off.
Snowfall of up to 4 inches is expected across the winter storm warning area. Those under a blizzard warning in West Texas are expected to receive total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches and wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
In western areas of the state and along its Gulf Coast, heavy rainfall overnight into Saturday morning could overwhelm ground already saturated by Friday’s rains, bringing the threat of scattered flooding to some areas.
Areas near the Gulf Coast are expected to see 2 to 3 inches of rain Saturday morning, though some localities could see higher amounts, the forecast center said. Parts along the Gulf are under a moderate risk of excessive rainfall and could see more flooding.
Farther east, stormy conditions could make driving hazardous in some areas, including around Mobile, Alabama, where severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday, and in central North Carolina, where gusty winds could reach 40 mph Sunday afternoon and evening, according to National Weather. Service.
A combination of snow and wind could lead to hazardous travel conditions in parts of the Northwest this weekend as the region is battered by two frontal systems.
The system that brought rain and snow to higher elevations across the Pacific Northwest on Friday will move into the Intermountain West on Saturday. Even heavier rain and mountain snow will follow as the second system moves into the Cascades and northern Rockies Sunday through Monday.
Some areas could see 1 to 2 feet of snow and gusty winds of up to 40 mph over the weekend, with Sunday seeing the heaviest snowfall.
Motorists should watch out for snow-covered roads in the Cascades Sunday and Monday, the NWS office in Portland said.
Winter storm watches and winter weather advisories have been issued for areas expected to be hit hard.