U.S. Thanksgiving Long Weekend Weather Outlook

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Thanksgiving in the United States means travel for millions of people. Over the next few days highways and airports will be busy with people headed to relative’s homes to gather and celebrate. Weathe will be a factor impacting the plans of many people. NOAA’s National Weather Service anticipates a mix of chilly temperatures and varied precipitation patterns across the country, including some unique conditions in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Continental U.S.: Chilly Temperatures and Diverse Precipitation

  • General Outlook: A colder-than-average Thanksgiving and weekend is expected for much of the contiguous U.S. Central and Southern Plains are forecasted to experience temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal. In contrast, the Northwest will enjoy milder conditions due to high pressure in the region.
  • Precipitation: The East will face a strong storm system on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing rain, thunderstorms, snow, and windy conditions. By Thanksgiving, this system will move off the East Coast, leaving only residual snow showers and gusts in the Northeast and New England. Over in the Central and Southern Rockies, significant snowfall is expected from Thanksgiving through Friday, potentially affecting areas including Denver.
  • Post-Thanksgiving Outlook: From Friday into the weekend, there’s some uncertainty with a potential storm system that might bring rain to the Southeast and East Coast.

Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico: Contrasting Weather Patterns

  • Alaska: A very unsettled weather pattern, particularly in the Panhandle and southeastern regions. Expect a combination of rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds.
  • Hawaii: A front approaching the islands later in the week may increase the likelihood of scattered showers.
  • Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Anticipate tranquil and seasonable conditions, marked by mild temperatures, clear skies, and no significant precipitation.

As the United States gears up for Thanksgiving, it’s essential for travelers and residents alike to stay updated on the latest weather developments, particularly in areas expecting adverse conditions.

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