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Will Our Thanksgiving Forecast Ruffle Your Feathers?

Thanksgiving Day is a special time of year for families and friends to gather together, share their blessings, reminisce, watch parades and/or football, and, most importantly, eat!

While you’re cooking up a feast of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and all of the other traditional favorites inside, you may be wondering what Mother Nature will be cooking up outside? Our forecast might ruffle a few feathers!

Here’s what we’re predicting for your Thanksgiving holiday weekend: Thursday, November 28th through Sunday, December 1st:

Zone 1 – Northeast & New England
New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.

A storm hugs the Atlantic Coast, bringing increasing winds, copious precipitation; not good news for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then, expect lots of clouds, showers of rain and wet snow for the weekend.

Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin

Few rain or wet snow showers Thanksgiving, turning colder for the weekend.

Zone 3 – Southeast
Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

Storm hugs Atlantic Coast, bringing increasing winds, copious precipitation for Turkey Day, then rain and possible wet snow shifts into Tennessee and points south to Gulf Coast for the weekend.

Zone 4 – North Central
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana

Rain or wet snow for the Rockies and Plains states for Thanksgiving, then very cold. Stormy conditions develop from the western slopes of the Rockies and all points east for the weekend.

Zone 5 – South Central
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico

Rain, snow for Thanksgiving; then very cold air sweeps south. Mostly cloudy, windy, with showers of rain and wet snow for the weekend.

Zone 6 – Northwest
Washington, Oregon, Idaho

Prepare for a wet Thanksgiving, the stormy conditions prevail from the Pacific Northwest Coast to the western slopes of the Rockies for the weekend.

Zone 7 – Southwest
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona

Intervals of sun and clouds translate into a good forecast for Thanksgiving. But the weekend brings showers of rain and some wet snow.

Regardless of where you’ll be or what the weather will bring, Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time to be with family and friends— so enjoy!

Check out the detailed weather forecast for your zone here!

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