Thanksgiving will bring snow and cold to West forecasters say

  • Temperatures are expected to dip
  • Winter storm warning in effect in several states
  • Heavy snow is expected in many parts of the Southwest

By Lateef Mungin

For those planning a Thanksgiving trip out West, it may be feeling a lot like Christmas, forecasters say.

The Southwest could be hardest hit, as temperatures are expected to dip throughout the region in the coming days, the National Weather Service said. Winter storm warnings are active in parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California.

Areas near Flagstaff, Arizona, can expect heavy snow at times this weekend, with up to 5 inches possible for Saturday, the weather service said.

There was a winter storm warning Saturday for areas in the Los Angeles County mountains. Those areas could be hit with as much as 12 inches of snow.

This plunge in temperatures comes ahead of the busiest travel weekend of the year. According to AAA projections, 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year.
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