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Thanksgiving Forecast– Snow Could Hinder Travel

15 Nov 2017, 4:33 pm

I would be silly to assume you, my intelligent reader, haven’t been looking ahead to weather for Thanksgiving.
Afterall it is one of the busiest travel days of the entire year and the start of the holiday season.


If you, like some of our other viewers, like to point out the inaccuracy of some 7-day forecasts. You know that predicting weather a week out is difficult.

In terms of temperatures for a week out, my favorite source is the Climate Prediction Center’s 6-10 Day Temperature Outlook.
It shows the broad look at temperature trends for the time period between 6 and 10 days away.
The darker red and orange areas are where we will see above normal temperatures.
The blues are where temperatures will be below normal.


The CPC 6-10 Precipitation Outlook is rather promising for most residents of the U.S. east of the Rockies.

The brown areas are where we will see drier than normal conditions. The darker the drier.
The green is where we will see a wetter-than-normal trend.

An Important Note

Those maps compare trends next week to what would be normal for that area in the given time period.

So, a brown shade doesn’t necessarily mean it will be dry. And likewise, a red shade doesn’t necessarily mean it will be warm.


My coworkers would disown me if they knew I included this in my article, so here we go.

This is what the GFS says for Thanksgiving day.
Keep in mind we are still 8 days out!
And this could change drastically by the time we get to Turkey Day.

For WeatherNation — Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo

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