Mother Nature Cooking Up Potential Problems for Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

It's going to be a tricky week when it comes to weather for Thanksgiving holiday travelers with damaging winds, rain and even snow all possible in the days ahead. 

According to the latest forecast from the NBC 5 Storm Team, it all begins Tuesday as a low pressure system is expected to bring wet weather into the area, with steady rain expected throughout the afternoon and evening. 

The rain will likely come to an end overnight but things will get even more treacherous Wednesday as holiday travel begins in earnest. Temperatures are expected to drop back into the 40s but the real threat will begin to emerge: strong, gusty winds, some of which could exceed 50 mph, according to forecast models.

A High Wind Watch takes effect Wednesday morning and conitnues through Wednesday afternoon with gusts up to 60 mph possible. The damaging winds will make travel difficult and could knock down trees and power lines, according to the alert. 

The windy conditions could also have a significant impact on air travel, as one of the busiest travel days of the year will be affected by the rough conditions.

Winds should begin to calm on Thanksgiving, with mostly cloudy skies expected and highs in the upper-30s and low-40s. 

More rain is expected throughout the holiday weekend, with snow possible by Sunday as highs dip into the upper-30s ahead of what's expected to be another cold week. 

For all the latest details on the Thanksgiving forecast, be sure to keep an eye on the NBC Chicago app.

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