Holiday travelers might encounter snow and rain in some parts of the state this week. Check this page for updates on your holiday travel forecast.
Southern California Weather: Expect a dry and chilly start for Thanksgiving. A freeze warning is in effect this morning for the interior valleys of Ventura County as is a coastal flood advisory for low-lying coastal areas. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy and a cold upper level low will keep our temperatures below average through Saturday. Can't rule out an occasional sprinkle or two, but overall mostly dry with no weather-related travel impacts across the Southland.
California Travel Weather: Rain and snow might affect holiday travel plans in some parts of California and the West Coast. A storm is pushing out the Pacific Northwest, which will likely mean snow in Washington, Oregon and parts of northern California. The mid-week storm activity will affect travel along the 5 Freeway corridor in northern California and Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada.
Elsewhere in the U.S.: The storm will move into the nation's midsection on Thanksgiving Day, bringing rain and snow to Chicago, Minneapolis and the rest of the Upper Midwest. Conditions will likely remain calm and quiet along the East Coast until the weekend.
Air Travel: The 2.1 million passengers expected at LAX through the holiday period would set a Thanksgiving record. It would be a jump of 6.9 percent over last year's record of 1.96 million passengers, officials said. Increased security at Los Angeles International Airport was visible at the start of the Thanksgiving week.
What to Know About the Travel Alert: And just as thousands of Southern Californians perpare to travel, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert "due to increased terrorist threats." The alert, which does not suggest that people should cancel travel plans, notes that ISIS and other terrorist groups "continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions," and advises travelers to exercise caution while in public places or using public transportation and to be aware of their surroundings. The alert, which will remain in effect until Feb. 24, also advised travelers to be prepared for additional security screening and possible disruptions and to keep in touch with relatives to ensure they can make contact in the event of an emergency.
Staying Around LA: Café Gratitude, Doma Kitchen, Sambar and other restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals if you're not leaving LA this week.