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Thanksgiving Day Outlook
UPDATED 9 AM EST, November 27, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy
The two northern U.S. corners and Tennessee Valley to the southern Mid-Atlantic will be the places that see a few weather wrinkles on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, plenty of sunshine will dominate the southern-tier of the U.S.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
A major winter storm will wrap up quickly across central and northern New England this morning, with just a bit of light snow adding to already hefty totals being plowed and dug out of. A few snowflakes will also fly along the Interstate 95 corridor from Providence, R.I., to Boston, but travel to-and-from the big Thanksgiving high school football matchups won`t be a problem.
The Mid-Atlantic, central Appalachian Spine, Carolinas and Ohio as well as Tennessee valleys will also be dealing with a rain and snow mixture through early this afternoon. A few spots along the Interstate 81 corridor could pick up a quick inch or two of slushy snow, with the greatest accumulation falling across the hillier terrain in western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia.
Meanwhile, the only other weather trouble spots will be found along the U.S. Northern-tier today. The first will be an energetic low that will deposit mountain snow and heavy valley rain from far northern California and along the Interstate 5 corridor in the Northwest into the northern Rocky Front Range. An extension of this system will extend into the Dakotas this afternoon, where an icy mix could develop as well. Last but certainly not least, lake-effect snow bands will crank across parts of the Great Lakes.
The rest of the U.S. will have plenty of sunny Thanksgiving weather. However, even with the abundant sunshine, heavy coats will be needed across the Upper Midwest, where the mercury will only climb into the single digits, teens and lower to middle 20s. The Middle Mississippi Valley, eastern Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Northeast won`t sniff the freezing mark.
Cold weather will be the norm in the Mid-Atlantic, Tennessee Valley, Rockies and the eastern fringes of the central Plains as well, where temperatures will only warm into the 40s. Milder 50s will make their way to the northern High Plains, interior Southeast and the Carolinas Thanksgiving Day.
An outdoor Thanksgiving walk or jog with only a light jacket will build up an appetite across California, the Southwest, the southern and central High Plains and the Deep South. Highs will generally be in the 60s here, with southern California, southern Florida and Texas`s Rio Grande Valley climbing to the 70s and lower 80s.
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