Monday is expected to be busiest travel day for flyers

An estimated 53.4 million people will hit the road or catch a flight this Thanksgiving, which is up 13 percent from 2020.

While the official Thanksgiving Day holiday is more than ten days away, travel experts say Monday could be the busiest travel day at airports around the country.

"This year, the busiest travel day for the Thanksgiving holiday is Monday, November 15, 2021," representative Stephanie Perry said. "The second-busiest day is the day before Thanksgiving."

Travel experts believe the reason for the unusual rush of passengers could be due to the pandemic, as more people have the luxury of working remotely.

"Travel volume this year is expected to be notably higher than what we have seen in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving," Transportation Security Administration spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said.


AAA expects around 4.2 million Americans will travel through airports, which would be around an 80 percent increase from the 2020 Thanksgiving season, but still short of pre-pandemic records.

Meteorologists expect the travel season to get off to a smooth start without major interruptions at most U.S. airports.

Monday forecast for the Northeast

Scattered rain and snow showers could be prevalent, especially in interior parts of the region and along the lakes as a clipper system makes it through. Because the system doesn’t have deep moisture to work with, heavy precipitation is not anticipated, especially for big cities. 

For much of Monday, the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston will remain dry; however, meteorologists say it could be breezy along the coast. 

Monday forecast for the Southeast

High pressure will be in control, which means fair weather will dominate the region. Forecast models show many areas east of the Mississippi River could see chilly weather, with temperatures as much as 10 degrees below average.

Meteorologists say the ridge will help increase the southerly flow over portions of Texas, where airports in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas could see highs in the mid and upper 70s.

Monday forecast for the Midwest

No significant weather issues are anticipated by the forecast models for any of the major airport hubs in the region.

Places that recently saw their first significant snowfall of the season will start to moderate.

Forecast models show the increase in temperatures could last several days until the next cold front approaches the region mid-week. 


Monday forecast for the West

The worst travel weather in the country will be found in the Pacific Northwest. Meteorologists say another storm system will deliver heavy rains and snows for areas from Canada to Oregon. 

Moderate delays are expected at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Meteorologists expect the major airports from San Francisco to San Diego to be in great shape, with no weather issues.

Forecast models show temperatures in the 70s and the 80s will be prevalent for many areas of the desert Southwest.