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? Wonder no more.
Here’s what we’re predicting for Thanksgiving weather for November 22 (the day before Thanksgiving) through the 26th:
Zone 1 – Northeast and New England
Includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.
Weather conditions deteriorate by Thanksgiving. Mostly fair, then rain mixed with wet snow may arrive for the hilly terrain of New England; cold rain farther south down to Maryland and Delaware. Conditions will be mostly fair/cold through the weekend.
Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest
Includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin
Deteriorating conditions arrive by Thanksgiving. Fair at first, then turning wet. Conditions will be mostly fair and cold for the weekend.
Zone 3 – Southeast
Includes Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
A nasty weather pattern arrives for the Thanksgiving holiday; cold winds and rain. Then mostly fair and cold for the weekend.
Zone 4 – North Central
Includes Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
Uh oh, snow! Light snows for Great Plains/Rockies followed by clearing in time for Thanksgiving. Then, for the weekend, expect mostly fair conditions at first followed by heavy snows (up to one foot) for the Northern/Central Rockies.
Zone 5 – South Central
Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico
Unsettled for Thanksgiving. Snow for parts of New Mexico and West Texas, and a wintry mix for the rest of Texas/Oklahoma, and much of Arkansas. Cold rain Texas/Louisiana Coast. For the weekend, Fair conditions followed by a significant snow for the high terrain of New Mexico, northern Texas/Oklahoma through the weekend.
Zone 6 – Northwest
Includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Some scattered showers of rain and/or (for higher elevations) snow for Thanksgiving, then the weekend will be fair at first, followed by stormy conditions with gales and heavy snows over the mountainous regions.
Zone 7 – Southwest
Includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
Unsettled for Thanksgiving; some snow for Nevada, Utah, and northern Arizona. The the weekend brings fair conditions at first, then it will become stormy with gales along the California Coast and heavy snow (a foot or more?) over the high terrain of California and Arizona.
Regardless of where you’ll be or what the weather, Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time to be with family and friends — enjoy!