Black Friday Forecast: Bundle Up in the Upper Midwest and Expect Rain in the Northwest, Elsewhere Looks Good
It’s that time of the year. The time of the year when parents camp out in a parking lot for the hottest toy of the year and techies homestead electronic stores, hoping to score a sweet deal on the latest gadgets.
But, in some areas of the country, you may want to reconsider this time honored tradition of the free-market. Especially in the Pacific Northwest and the Upper Midwest.
Here’s what you can expect in the worst impacted areas:
A strong pacific low-pressure system will sweep in from the northwest early Friday, bringing the chance of heavy rain and gusty winds from the Olympic Peninsula to parts of northeastern Oregon. For the lower elevations of the western Washington and Oregon, 2 to 4 inches of rain isn’t totally out of the question over the next couple of days. Flood watches have been issued for much of western Washington — east of the Olympic Peninsula. Be mindful of standing water on the roadways and never cross a washed-out road. A foot of swift-moving water is enough to float a car down stream.
The higher elevations of the Cascades could also see some pretty significant snowfall as well. If you’re traveling though those areas, use caution.
Even with a winter weather advisory for North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, very cold temperatures are the main concern for shoppers spending a lot of time outdoors. Bitterly cold temps are on-tap for the overnight hours for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan. Lows will dip to sub-zero temperatures for northern Minnesota and single digits will be felt as far south as northern suburbs of Chicago.
Be sure to layer-up and warm up in your car, if needed.
Elsewhere, weather for Black Friday looks pretty good.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond