After a chilly and snowy start to the week, it will feel a bit more like Fall for the Thanksgiving holiday! High pressure builds back in today across the region, sliding from west to east. That ridge brings drier air, helping to erode that stubborn cloud cover; and on the backside of the high, southerly flow returns kicking off a warming trend. Highs today will reach the upper 30s to low 40s, seasonable for late November. By Thanksgiving, it's ten degrees above average, near 50. And on Black Friday, mid 50s!
Not only is the forecast for Turkey Day comfortable, it's breezy and sunny, too. South winds will pick up as that high pressure continues to scoot east and a cold front approaches from the northwest. Sustained winds of 10-20 mph can be expected, with an occasional higher gust. Clouds will increase late in the day as that front inches a little closer; but the rain holds off until Friday.
Heads up Black Friday deal seekers, grab the rain jacket or the umbrella. Scattered rain showers are likely, especially by Friday afternoon and evening. The front is a quick-mover, so most of the moisture is out of town in time for the weekend. The only exception will be some light mountain snow. After a couple of warm days, that front does its due diligence and drops highs back into the upper 30s.
Traveling today or early tomorrow morning? It should be smooth sailing across the eastern teir of the U.S. including New England and the mid Atlantic. Folks in the southeastern corner of the country and the Gulf Coast will be dodging just a few scattered showers. That same cold front gunning for us on Friday will bring decent rainfall from Chicago through Dallas. And in the Rockies, heavy snow on the way!
Have a wonderful day!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist