Thanksgiving Wind Arrives Weekend Storm System On Course
We are about to embark on the worst travel day of the year which is the day before Thanksgiving and then there is the second worst travel day of the year which is the Sunday after Thanksgiving when people are coming home. The weather issues for today depend on whether you are going locally or you are flying somewhere. If you are headed (or have folks coming from) the Midwest or most of the Western US it is a nightmare of Winter Storm Warnings, High Wind Warnings and various other watches and advisories due to 2 major winter storms on the map today.
It is about as busy a weather day as you can get. Here in our neck of the woods the problems are minor today with clouds and the chance for some passing showers. We can certainly see that the clouds have overtaken us on the satellite picture and on the regional radar we do see some showers to the west and southwest of us across Virginia into Maryland.
Local radars this morning aren’t showing much as what is on the regional radar is likely to pass south and east or slowly dissipate as the day wears on. As strong as this storm is over the Great Lakes it isn’t likely to produce much here in the way of rain today. Temperatures will top out mostly in the 50s to near 60 in a few warm spots.
LOCAL RADAR NEW YORK CITY
Tonight with the front offshore skies clear out and winds pick up with most lows settling in the 30s. Then get set for a windy Thanksgiving day as the storm system strengthens to the northeast and a strong high begins to build southward from Central Canada. Winds will be NW 20 to 30 mph sustained with gusts reaching 40 mph or more at times during the day. This creates wind issues for the balloons in the Thanksgiving Parades both in NYC & Philadelphia. Temperatures Thursday will be mostly in the 40s.
Friday is the big shopping day and it will be a nice day though still breezy with sunshine and highs just into the 40s. Colder air will continue to bleed southward from Canada around the backside of a storm to the northeast near Newfoundland and then the next storm system which is now pounding the west with all sorts of winter weather conditions.
We really haven’t learned much new from the overnight models other than they will continue to do a dance north and south. Low pressure from the Southwest US is going to make its way into the Plains and then the Western Great Lakes and then die out giving way to a secondary low that develops to our south.
Where the secondary starts to develop is important as it helps to determine the extent of the cold air. There could be a little front end snow//sleet/freezing rain Saturday night into Sunday especially north and west of coastal areas. Then there is the development of the low offshore and what it might produce as rain or snow (or both) Sunday night into Monday. We will continue to monitor this today and Thursday and we have lots of time to put this together. Saturday we see no real issues during the daytime with sunshine giving way to arriving clouds. Highs will be in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Then we start to deal with precipitation Saturday night into Sunday morning as the storm system starts to rev up here for Sunday.
Due to the Thanksgiving day holiday I will be making an early call snow forecast late today which will be available to Patreon members this evening and to app users later on Thursday.
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