Holiday Weather Forecast: Thanksgiving 2020

Can you believe that it is Thanksgiving week already? Though travel and gatherings will likely be lighter than the norm this year (AAA is predicting a 47.5% decrease in air travel for the holiday!), the weather likely won’t put a damper on the holiday for most across the U.S. With more and more families and communities cancelling gatherings or making more unique plans such as outdoor dining or Zoom calls, it is still just as important to take a look at the weather ahead of time in order to plan accordingly.

Overall quiet weather will be the norm across the country, with Alaska being the primary exception. Several Pacific storms could impact Alaska this week with high winds and heavy rain, and this could continue into the holiday. Additionally, though a pair of storms will develop Tuesday across the central US, it should push east quickly. This leaves a possibility of damp weather from the Mid-Atlantic into the northeast early on Thanksgiving, though the wet conditions will likely push through early in the day, making way for drier conditions by the afternoon. Fortunately, this calm weather should allow for seamless Facetime, Zoom, and virtual connections with no weather-related power outages expected!

With minimal major weather makers at play, the next important weather question is temperature…an especially important one if you plan to be cooking or dining outdoors – or if you are planning a family football game! Fortunately, most across the country will see near-normal temperatures (Thanksgiving day forecasts shown below).

7:00 AM Forecast for Thanksgiving Day
Daily High Temperature Forecast for Thanksgiving Day

Though almost everywhere in the continental U.S. is expected to rise above freezing for at least a portion of the day, the intermountain west might be a bit too chilly for outdoor dining…and south Florida and south Texas might be too warm! Though personal preference and acclimation to your climate will help determine if you feel comfortable eating outdoors, it appears that the temperatures look fairly comfortable from coastal California, across southern U.S., and almost all along the eastern seaboard!

Be sure to check your local National Weather Service office for your most accurate and up to date holiday forecast. Whatever your plans may be this holiday, we wish you and yours a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!

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