Many people think Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. I mean, why not, the entire holiday revolves around food? While it’s a great day, it can also be stressful fighting traffic and dealing with relatives you haven’t seen in 12 months. If you add in bad weather, the holiday can turn sour. The good news is this year the weather will not only cooperate locally, but across most of the Eastern part of the country.
Dry and Mild Pattern
This year, high pressure, not low, is in control of the weather, which will keep storms at bay and bring generally dry weather to the region. I see a nice warming trend for Thursday and Friday before it turns colder again over the weekend.
Traveling Wednesday afternoon and evening will be uneventful weather-wise. Traffic will be heavy, but Tuesday has turned into the bigger travel day since so many people are now off on Wednesday. Solar glare is a problem during the afternoon and if you are headed south and west, don’t forget your sunglasses. The sun sets before 4:30 p.m., so at least the glare won’t last very if you leave later in the day.
There are lots of football games Thursday morning, and all of them will play in nearly perfect conditions. The ground will likely still be frozen early, but will thaw out as the morning progresses. High temperatures will reach the lower and even middle 50s across southern New England. Expect upper 30s at kickoff for most of the high school activities.
Friday is a big shopping day. Get to the malls early if you want to avoid the heaviest crowds. Then, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the spring-like warmth on Friday afternoon. High temperatures may approach 60 in some places, but definitely make it into the 50s everywhere.
A cold front brings a brief shower on Friday night and then ushers in much colder air once again for the final days of November. High temperatures both Saturday and Sunday will struggle in the lower 40s along with a hard freeze each morning.
There may be some storminess early next week, but the models are still very unsure how the atmosphere will unfold. The milder-than-average pattern favors rain in these early December storms, but ski areas could still end up on the snowy side of the coin.
Snow and Cold In 2014
It’s worth remembering or perhaps forgetting the storm we had last year at this time. A coastal low pressure system moved up along the coastline and brought a white Thanksgiving to much of New England. The storm was quite bad in northern New England with widespread power outages across Maine.
Here in southern New England, the Route 2 corridor up through Vermont had a lot of snow. If you traveled the Mass Pike west last year on this date, you were driving into a snowstorm. Albany, New York, had one of its biggest November storms ever on record.
Boston didn’t get much snow in the storm before Thanksgiving last year, but did see about 3 inches the day after the holiday. It was a very wintry pattern to close out the month.
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