Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday Forecast…Should I Bundle Up or Take an Umbrella? Either Way I’m Heading Out!

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There are so many things I love about the holidays and Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. Like most of you I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching football and of course, eating until I’m about to pop. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving to me without two of my favorites, which are cornbread dressing and pecan pie.

One of my Thanksgiving Day rituals is to wake up bright and early to pick up a Houston Chronicle (they sell out so fast). Each year the newspaper seems to get bigger and bigger and is filled with Black Friday ads. Last year I picked one up for both my sister and I and we sat down for at least two hours looking through the paper and planning out the next day. This year will be no different and overall, it looks like the weather will be quite nice for us heading out on Black Friday. But even if it wasn’t, nothing could stop me from heading out that day. It’s the best shopping day of the year!


Here’s a look at the weather for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Image: ImpactWeather

For a more detailed holiday outlook, I asked TropicsWatch Manager Meteorologist Chris Hebert for the latest information.

West Coast:  Two storm systems will impact the region late next week.  A weaker cold front will produce scattered showers from southern California to Washington on Thanksgiving Day.  A stronger storm will be moving into the Pacific Northwest Thanksgiving night and Friday morning, bringing heavy rain to coastal areas of Washington, Oregon and northern California next Thanksgiving night and on Friday, as indicated by the darker green shaded area in the Pacific Northwest on the graphic above.  The heavy rain will change to heavy snow over the inland mountain areas above 4000 ft.

South Central U.S.:  An upper-level storm system will generate showers from central and southeast Texas northward through eastern Oklahoma/Kansas and eastward into western Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana on Friday afternoon and evening. By Saturday, this area of rain will expand eastward and will contain some heavy thunderstorms.  Some of these thunderstorms could be severe from northern Louisiana eastward through central and northern Mississippi and Alabama and northward to the Ohio Valley, as indicated by the red shaded area in the graphic above. 

From all of us here at ImpactWeather, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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