Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here's a look at the week's weather forecast, plus travel tips

If you are one of the nearly 55 million people traveling 50 miles or more Thanksgiving week for the holiday, you should find friendly skies (5 million flyers) and open roads (50 million drivers).

That's especially true if traveling in and around Colorado, where nearly 1 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more, according to AAA.

Here's a look at Thanksgiving weather and travel tips:

Colorado and national Thanksgiving week weather travel forecast

Little to no travel impacts are expected in Colorado and surrounding states — and throughout much of the country — this week through the air or on the road due to weather. Possible exceptions Wednesday, Nov. 23, into Thursday, Nov. 24, are the Northern Rockies and plains due to snow and heavy rain in Florida and the Southeast coast.

Colorado and Fort Collins Thanksgiving week forecast looking good

It will be sunny and dry with mostly seasonal temperatures through the weekend for most places, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold front is forecast to move into Colorado on Wednesday into Thursday and will bring slightly cooler temperatures, windy conditions and light snow showers to the mountains and possibly south of Denver.

Fort Collins forecast

Tuesday, Nov. 22: Sunny, with a high near 52 degrees with light wind and low around 21.

Wednesday, Nov. 23: Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Windy, with a northwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph, gusting to as high as 38 mph in the afternoon. There is a 20% chance of snow after 11 p.m. with a low around 26 degrees.

Thanksgiving Day: A 20% chance of snow before 11 a.m., then mostly sunny with a high near 43, low around 21 and north-northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, gusting as high as 29 mph.

Friday, Nov. 25 (New Mexico at CSU football game. Kickoff 1:30 p.m.): Sunny, with a high near 55 degrees and low around 27.

Saturday, Nov. 26: Sunny, with a high near 56 and low around 23.

Sunday, Nov. 27: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48 and low around 23.

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Worst times to travel during Thanksgiving week

The heaviest congestion for vehicle travel is expected Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon and early evening during Thanksgiving week, according to AAA.

What you will pay at the pump Thanksgiving week

Gas prices on average are 36 cents higher this year than last year. But Colorado gas prices average $3.45 per gallon while the national average is $3.76, according to AAA.

Tips for airline travel during Thanksgiving week

  • Check in early online.

  • Continually check flight status on your air carrier's app.

  • Arrive to the airport 2-3 hours before your scheduled departure.

  • To save time, if possible, carry on bags and don't check bags.

  • If flying out of Denver International Airport, visit its website at

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