GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Record-breaking snow, ice and freezing temperatures were the themes of the past week. Fortunately, change is on the way during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

WESTERN MICHIGAN

After some snow on Sunday, sunshine and warmth will return by Monday. Temperatures are expected to gradually rise during the week to 40 degrees. Thanksgiving is likely to be the warmest of the week with a high near 44°, which is about average for the time of year. Most of the snowpack is likely to melt by the end of the week, especially with sunshine in the forecast.

MIDWEST

If you’re traveling through the Midwest this week, high pressure will be in place Monday through Wednesday. This will help keep the area dry and clear of significant cloud cover.

By Thursday, a shortwave system will move in, bringing light showers in the evening. As temperatures drop Friday and Saturday, rain may change to snow or wintry conditions. Accumulation looks easy right now. Travel impact should be minimal.

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Temperatures will remain near normal in the Midwest. Expect highs in the 30s to mid-40s.

UNITED STATES

Much of the country will have mild weather in West Michigan. High atmospheric pressure contributes to dryness in the southwest. Brief disturbances are likely in the Pacific Northwest as well as the Southeast. Airport delays and travel impact should be minimal.

Team Storm 8 will be answering your holiday travel questions in three live broadcasts this week: Monday at 3:30pm, Tuesday at 1:00pm and Wednesday at 1:00pm

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