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Thanksgiving travel forecast looks sunny for much of U.S.

For the first time since 2012, dry weather is forecast for Thanksgiving travelers to and from Baltimore.

"The majority of people traveling over the eastern two-thirds of the nation should not have snow and ice to contend with from Monday through Wednesday, next week," AccuWeather forecasters say.

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Both AccuWeather and The Weather Channel are forecasting sunshine and seasonable temperatures leading up to Thanksgiving. Highs are forecast in the lower 50s, right about normal for late November.

The National Weather Service doesn't offer precise forecasts more than a week in advance because such predictions can be unreliable. Forecasters there say high pressure is expected to dominate the region early next week, though.

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Trouble is possible for travelers heading to or from the western U.S., though.

"We expect another large storm to roll from the Pacific and expand toward the central Rockies during the week of Thanksgiving," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said in a statement.

Travelers have faced wet and potentially icy or snowy weather each of the past two Thanksgiving holidays.

Last year, a mix of rain and potentially heavy snow was predicted; 1.19 inches of rain and 0.3 inches of snow fell at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

In 2013, heavy rain and potentially icy conditions were forecast. More than 2 inches of rain and traces of snow fell over the two days before Thanksgiving at BWI.

This year should be more like 2012, with no precipitation and highs in the 50s the week of Thanksgiving.

Nearly 1 million Marylanders plan to travel for the holiday, about the same number as last year, according to AAA.

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