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Breezy winds to start holiday; air travel running smoothly

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

As many travelers were getting ready to head to Grandmother's house today, the weather across the Southwest was cooperating, for the most part, while a strong storm system in the East was expected to play havoc with air travel.

At a crowded Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, flights were running on schedule Wednesday morning to destinations in the East, though that was expected to change as rain and snow increases throughout the day.

Airport officials suggested travelers call or check their flight's status online before leaving home.

The flight status boards went dark at one point Wednesday morning at Sky Harbor, but were running again a short time later.

Winds were picking up across the Valley and throughout today winds were expected to sustain between 10 and 20 mph. Gusts will be much higher in the mountains and to the south, where Casa Grande already had winds up to 26 mph Wednesday morning.

Across the Superstition Mountains, winds could gust up to 40 mph. Breezy conditions will continue for the afternoon but subside overnight.

A weak disturbance is bringing in clouds throughout the state for Wednesday. The system is pushing north but the Valley will be under partly cloudy skies for both Wednesday and Thanksgiving.

There is very limited moisture with this system so the clouds will likely not translate into holiday showers.

As far as the Northern Arizona, temperatures will be in the mid-40s in Flagstaff on Wednesday.  A dry Thanksgiving with no snow is in the very near future.

Thanksgiving will bring some clouds and sunshine with calmer winds. Highs will be just a bit above average for this time of year, around 73 degrees.

Scattered clouds through Saturday, as another weak system will slide across the Valley.   Overnight lows will be in the low 50s for the rest of this week and into the weekend.

A ridge of high pressure will dominate for the beginning of next week. By Sunday, it will be mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.

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