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For Thanksgiving Travelers, Stormy Weather Ahead on US Coasts (Satellite Photo)

Satellite View of Thanksgiving Storms
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite captured this visible-light image of storm systems on the U.S. East and West coasts on Nov. 22, 2017. (Image credit: NOAA/UWM-CIMSS)

Foul weather could make Thanksgiving travel rough for a lot of folks, a new satellite photo shows.

The visible-light image, which was captured this morning (Nov. 22) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite, shows storm systems swirling around both the East and West coasts of the United States.

"In the northeastern U.S., clouds associated with a cold front were covering the New England states in the image," NASA officials wrote in a description of the photo. (NASA is a key partner on the GOES program, whose name is short for "Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites.")

"Clouds associated with a system in the Pacific Northwest were seen over Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Colorado," the officials added. "Pre-Thanksgiving travelers in the northern Plains and Upper Great Lakes will experience arctic air that is expected to bring periods of snow, blustery winds and cold wind chills."

For up-to-date- weather information, check out the National Weather Service's website. Safe travels, and happy Thanksgiving!

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SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for since 2010. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.