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Will Philly have a snowy Thanksgiving?

A white Thanksgiving? Depending on what weather forecasting model you choose to go by, there is the chance of serious snow - or none at all - Wednesday afternoon or evening along the Interstate 95 corridor, including Philadelphia.

A white Thanksgiving?

Depending on what weather forecasting model you choose to go by, there is the chance of serious snow - or none at all - Wednesday afternoon or evening along the Interstate 95 corridor, including Philadelphia.

Some private forecasters are posting online the possibility of several inches of the white stuff - even eight inches or more - but the larger meteorological organizations are saying it is too soon to tell.

"There is the possibility of a storm, but not all the pieces are there yet," said Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

Erickson said Saturday night that among the various forecasting models used, the predicted scenario ranged from significant snow, rain, or a snow and rain mix to a front that travels out to sea.

Dean Iovino, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, also said that it was too soon to call, but that a storm might form in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and move up the East Coast, reaching this area by Wednesday evening.

"It does have the potential to create a lot of problems," Iovino said.

There was a trace of snow at Philadelphia International Airport last Thanksgiving, but the last time there was measurable snow on Thanksgiving in the region was in 2008, when one inch was recorded.

The day before Thanksgiving has traditionally been one of the heaviest travel days of the year. AAA is projecting 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during this Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over last year. Even if there is no snow, this week's weather is going to be a bit unusual.

"It's going to be quite a roller coaster," Iovino said.

Sunday is expected to reach the low 50s with rain likely later in the day, he said. Monday, temperatures are expected to hit the 70s. On Tuesday, he said, expect sunshine but temperatures back in the 50s. Wednesday is still a wild card, but Iovino said the high could be in the 40s with the potential for precipitation.

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