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Thanksgiving Week Forecast Details

By Terry Eliasen, WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – A little taste of everything this week. No, we aren’t talking about turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. We are talking weather!

Update 11/23

The holiday travel forecast remains on track…no major storms and therefore weather travel delays should be at a minimum. 

Here in New England the main focus will be on the wind late Tuesday and Wednesday.  The mild air of Tuesday will quickly be replaced by a much colder airmass overnight, ushered in by strong, gusty northwest winds. 

As early as midnight Tuesday winds could begin to gust more than 30 mph. 

A wind advisory will likely be posted by the National Weather Service for the daylight hours of Wednesday as winds are expected to reach 20-40 mph with gusts to 50 mph.  These strong winds will blanket all of New England as well as New York City, so some airline delays are possible.

Elsewhere across the country there will be one storm of note on Wednesday.  Rain will fall from Missouri to Ohio, and snow could cause travel delays in parts of the upper Midwest including Minnesota and the Dakotas. 

If your travel takes you farther west, other than some snow in the Rockies, the weather will basically be dry but cold.  The place to be this Thanksgiving — the Southeast — sunshine and warm air will continue in spots like the Carolinas and Florida.

The forecast continues to look pleasant for Thanksgiving Day, a cold start (20s and 30s) early in the morning.  Warming to the 40s by midday, with plenty of sunshine for an afternoon walk.  Clouds will increase late in the day and some light rainfall will be scattered in places after sunset.  Showers continue overnight, mainly light and some locations far northwest and elevated (Berkshires and Southwest N.H.) could see a bit of icing. 

It is all rain everywhere Friday morning and is steadiest and heaviest from about 7 a.m. through midday.  Thereafter skies clear and it looks like a chilly but pleasant weekend.
 
The National Weather Service just issued a wind advisory for areas in Northern Massachusetts (Worcester, Middlesex and Essex Counties) as well as New Hampshire from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.  Winds will pick up shortly after sunrise and peak around midday, gusting to 50 mph.

Post from 11/22

Windy Wednesday

While the mercury will read in the 40s on Wednesday, strong, gusty winds (20-40mph+) will make it feel like the 20s and 30s.

For those traveling by plane on Wednesday there will be one significant storm on the map, in the Midwest. Rain will be falling in states including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio while snow falls in the upper Midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Much of the Western half of the Country will be cold and dry and the warm spot will be the Southeastern states.

Thursday: “Normal”

As for Thanksgiving, it will be a fairly “normal” day for late November. A chilly start for all those high school football games; 20s and 30s early in the morning, warming to near 40 around midday under sunny skies.

During the afternoon whether you are traveling, eating, or watching the Pats, no problems. Partly sunny with temps in the 40s. Clouds will begin to increase later in the afternoon and anytime after 7pm we could see some light precipitation.

Friday: Wintry Mix?

Thursday night into Friday will be a bit tricky…rain will fall along the coast, in Boston and areas in SE Massachusetts. However overnight, as temps cool there will likely be some mixing with sleet and snow not too far inland. No accumulation is expected as precipitation will be fairly light, but in elevated areas of Worcester County and SW N.H. a light coating of ice and snow is not out of the question.

So if you are planning on heading out shopping real early Friday morning beware that roads could be a bit slippery north and west of Boston. By mid-morning it will be rain everywhere, still fairly light and ending by early afternoon.

Check: 7-Day Forecast
Read: WBZ-TV Weather Blog

So a lot happening this week, but thankfully no major weather headaches. Enjoy the holiday!

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