"Across Southern California, gusty winds will begin to ramp up on Thanksgiving Day, leading to increased wildfire concerns. So anyone with plans to use outdoor flames or turkey fryers should exercise caution," Duff explained. Although wind gusts will begin to increase during the day on Thursday, an even higher fire threat is expected in the days to follow after Thanksgiving. Courtesy of AccuWeather News
Monday, November 23, 2020
Thanksgiving outlook: Will
rain or snow hamper holiday plans?
Although the forecast looks wet for the Big Apple, temperatures are expected to climb a few degrees above average into the middle 50s, a far cry from just two years ago where temperatures failed to reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Many other cities from coastal New England down into the mid-Atlantic states can expect a similar scenario on Thursday as well.
A rollercoaster ride of a forecast is in the cards across the South this year, as showers and thunderstorms will target the region before the big holiday. Severe thunderstorms and the threat for flooding rainfall will sweep across portions of the South and Midwest from Tuesday to Wednesday, but as the storm slides eastward for Thanksgiving, the weather should rebound quite nicely in many areas.
The aforementioned storm system may still keep a few lingering showers for some across the Southeast on Thanksgiving, potentially hindering outdoor plans. Although temperatures will climb into the lower 80s across a majority of the Sunshine State, this may be one area where wet weather tries to linger into turkey day. Showers and a few rumbles of thunder may be largely limited to the northern half of Florida during the day on Thursday, leaving places like Miami and Key West comfortably mild and sunny.
The same storm system that will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms across the South on Wednesday will also bring along messy weather to the Midwest prior to the holiday. But in similar fashion, adverse conditions will translate eastward by Thanksgiving, allowing for dry and seasonably mild conditions to encompass the region.
Temperatures 5-10 degrees above average can be expected in places like Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis on Thursday. And along with the comfortable late-November temperatures, a blend of clouds and sunshine, and a relatively light southwest breeze could even allow for some outdoor plans to go off without a hitch.
A majority of the week leading up to Thanksgiving will feature rain and mountain snow across the Northwest, however there looks to be a brief reprieve in the wet weather just in time for the holiday.
"Cold conditions with a few snow showers are expected across the high terrain of the Northwest, but areas closer to the coast, such as Seattle and Portland, Oregon, should wind up mostly dry," Duff added.
Even though Thursday is expected to feature largely dry conditions, there could still continue to be travel issues across mountain pass roadways in Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, western Montana and northwestern Wyoming in the wake of the persistently stormy pattern prior to the holiday.
Dry and breezy across the Southwest:
The dry weather pattern will likely stay put across the Southwest for the holiday in places like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Ample sunshine and seasonable temperatures should also allow for outdoor activities to go off without a hitch as well.
Temperatures will drop back from their early week highs in many places as cooler air filters southward as the week progresses, so a long-sleeve shirt may end up being a better option than a t-shirt and shorts in many areas. Still, temperatures in the mid-60s across the Los Angeles Basin to the mid-70s in southern Arizona will result in some of the best weather nationwide.
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