Winter on the way

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, with approximately 43.4 million Americans expected to travel this year.

But in Western New York, it could be a dicey ride.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo expects a storm to roll in this morning and taper off Wednesday evening.

Meteorologist Jim Mitchell calls it a “widespread event” and advises travelers to “prepare for winter weather conditions.”

According to the National Weather Service this is a “big east coast storm” that will bring “intense snow,” with no mix of sleet or freezing rain.

The storm will accumulate 6 to 10 inches of snow in the Chautauqua County area and could see higher accumulations in higher regions.

“Everyone will get snow,” Mitchell said. “It is a little out of the ordinary. We usually get a little snow and colder air, but this storm is traveling on the west track, which pushes the storm towards us.”

Mitchell said travel will be “greatly impacted” because of the storm and “there will be 30 mph winds that will push the snow into the roads, causing reduced visibility.”

On Thanksgiving there will be some snow, but mostly it will be very cold. It will be 10 to 15 percent below average with upper 20s in the morning and down into the teens by night fall.

Due to the cold temperatures Black Friday will be very white and cold but no snow is expected to fall on Friday.

Mitchell advises people to “pack blankets, un-perishable foods, and snow gear while traveling Wednesday, due to the bad road conditions people should always prepare.”

He advises people wait until Thursday morning before traveling, but if you “brave the weather” just drive safe.

AAA’s travel tip for Thanksgiving indicates that travelers will pay the cheapest gas prices this Thanksgiving holiday since 2010.