Officials monitoring potential Thanksgiving storm in upper Midwest

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT) — More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving next week, and the potential is there that they could encounter a winter storm along the way in the upper Midwest.

James Telken is a forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Aberdeen.

He says most weather models carry the storm further south into Kansas and Oklahoma, and there’s no certainty on the timing of the storm either.

Telken says the bottom line is there’s no certainty we’ll be impacted by the storm at all, but with so many people traveling for Thanksgiving next week, it’s something to keep an eye on.

This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005.