Turkeys are being bought, pie getting made and people are finalizing travel plans all in anticipation of Thanksgiving next Thursday. Yes, Thanksgiving still more than a week away and weather forecasts out that far often end up no more than a coin flip, but here’s what I see from here.
Plenty could change in the forecast between now and late next week so take this as a general outlook for Thanksgiving Day.
The jet stream setup for Thanksgiving with a broad ridge across the western United States and a trough east should bring us conditions across the country that we usually associate with this type of pattern.
Dry conditions are expected across most of the lower 48 for Thanksgiving with warmer temperatures west and cooler east.
The northwest may see some rain on Thanksgiving, especially western Washington and Oregon.
Drier conditions should persist in the western half of the United States with locations like Phoenix and Denver not expecting inclement conditions. In fact mostly sunny skies should help boost temperatures.
Across the eastern US, colder air is expected to be in place for Thanksgiving with the leading edge or cold front possibly producing showers along the east coast and south in Florida. Snow is possible for T-Day in places near the Great Lakes due to lake effect snow and into the extreme northeast from an exiting cold front.
From the Dakotas to the Ohio Valley look for a blustery day with cold air in place being pushed around by stronger winds.
As stated above this forecast has many uncertainties. If the cold front moving across the eastern U.S. slows, parts of the eastern U.S. could be rainy on Thanksgiving from the northeast south through parts of the southeastern United States.
Hopefully your Thanksgiving is a great one and ends better than it will for three of these six NFL teams slated to play that day.
VIKINGS VS. LIONS
12:30 p.m. ET
CHARGERS VS. COWBOYS
4:30 p.m. ET
GIANTS VS. REDSKINS
8:30 p.m. ET
Meteorologist Mike Morrison