Interstate 80 traffic camera view. More snow could greet Thanksgiving travelors.

Interstate 80 traffic camera view. More snow could greet Thanksgiving travelers.

It’ll be a busy travel week for Iowans who are heading down the road to visit friends and relatives for Thanksgiving and they’ll likely be driving on wet pavement.

High temperatures will climb into the 40s and 50s over the next few days, melting last weekend’s snow, but National Weather Service meteorologist Mindy Beerends says another storm front is closing in.

“Rain should start moving into much of the state on Wednesday and definitely spread across everywhere Wednesday night and into the Thanksgiving holiday,” Beerends says.

While much of Iowa got whalloped by last weekend’s snowstorm, she says there’s a remote possiblity more flakes will by flying soon. “There is a small chance for snow on the back side of the system as cold air wraps around in,” Beerends says. “It looks like if anything, we’d start seeing change-over mixing with snow towards Thanksgiving afternoon and into the overnight hours before the precipitation tapers off.” As travelers head back home next weekend, it’s possible the roads will be wet and slippery.

“It does look like we have some chances of rain and maybe mixing with some snow again Sunday into Sunday night,” Beerends says. “Temperatures will be right around freezing or just below.” Dry conditions are forecast for most of Iowa for Friday and Saturday, with highs mainly in the 30s and 40s statewide for Thanksgiving.

(Reporting Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)