Thanksgiving-week weather to be wild ride for parts of U.S.

Posted at 11:03 AM, Nov 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 19:56:26-05

A bumpy start to Thanksgiving week paves the way for a peaceful holiday.

After a week of bitter cold temperatures and snow across most of the country, big changes are in the forecast leading up to Thanksgiving.

The arctic air has already begun its retreat, but now we're beginning to see warmer air surging in the South, which will slowly spread north and east through the week.

Initially, this warmer air and a developing system in South Texas will lead to stormy conditions across parts of the South. Some of these storms could become severe.

The biggest threats on Saturday will likely be tornadoes and damaging winds, but a few storms could produce large hail as well.

On Sunday, the threat of severe weather and damaging winds moves across the South into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and the coasts of the Carolinas.

As this system brings severe weather to the south throughout the weekend, the low is actually traveling northeast toward Michigan through Sunday night, bringing rain showers, a few thunderstorms and much warmer air to the eastern half of the country.

Once this system passes, the weather pattern becomes much less active and cooler air slides back into place.

Tuesday through Thanksgiving, the entire country will likely only see a few smaller weather disturbances bringing only minor, if any, disruptions to holiday travel.

For any shoppers on Black Friday, right now it looks like umbrellas won't be needed with a few scattered exceptions across the country thanks to a large area of high pressure dominating most of the country's weather.