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Heavy Rain, Snow Facing Thanksgiving Day Travelers

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Forty-two million Americans plan to hit the road or take to this skies this week for Thanksgiving, according to AAA.  And for many of those travelers, their holiday meals will be met with a side of bad weather.

Two major storms are brewing in the U.S. and they're expected to cause some headaches for those traveling between now and Thanksgiving day.

One storm is in the Northwest and it's projected to bring up to eight inches of rain and 80 mile per hour winds on the coast, and two feet of snow in the mountains.

The other system is a low centered in the eastern half of the country, moving from Texas towards the Northeast.

As ABC News Weather Editor Sam Champion explains, "Severe storms today [Tuesday] will travel anywhere from Texas all the up toward Arkansas and well into Kentucky.  The low starts to move toward the Northeast and then becomes a soaking rain event for a good part of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, with up to two inches of rain coming from Boston and New York."

And while heavy rain pounds New York City and nearby metropolises, travelers in New England will face another nuisance: snow.

"It becomes a big snowmaker for extreme northern New England that is going to mean more than a foot of snow in the mountains there, that's northern New York State from Vermont and New Hampshire on into Maine," Champion says.

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