November 25, 2014 8:18 AM EST

Millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies for Thanksgiving were facing travel chaos due to a storm that’s forecast to batter the Northeast on Wednesday. Meteorologists said early Tuesday that the nor’easter was likely to hit on a day when more than 46 million people across the nation were expected to journey 50 miles or more.

The nor’easter could dump from three to five inches of snow on the New York and Philadelphia metro areas, based on current models, and one to three inches on Boston and Washington, D.C. “Travel is not going to be a lot of fun for people trying to get to grandma’s house on Wednesday…”

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