Weather: Thanksgiving ForecastBy Veronique Bugnion
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- For those of you traveling later on today, the major trouble spot will be in the center of the nation, as an upper-level disturbance is spinning up a surface depression over Kansas. As it deepens, this low pressure center will travel northward towards Iowa. The heavy rains associated with the core of that system will be Canada’s problem by Thanksgiving day. The cold front extending from the center of the low southward across the United States will, however, bring overcast skies and a chance of rain showers from New Orleans to Cleveland on Wednesday, and from Atlanta to Boston on Thursday. Temperatures will begin to drop once this cold front has passed through, but most of the nation will still be above the seasonal average until Thanksgiving. The high temperatures in Boston will be in the 60s today and tomorrow, some 15 to 20 degrees above the average for the season.
On Thanksgiving Day, you will have to go to Alaska to find daytime temperature maxima below the freezing point, the high in Fairbanks will be in the single digits and the low below zero. Meanwhile, Honolulu and Miami will compete to be the city with the warmest temperatures, both in the lower 80s. With the exception of Seattle, sunny skies will rule over the West Coast and the Western third of the Nation. Los Angeles and Phoenix will be in the mid 70s and San Francisco in the mid 60s. Temperatures in Great Falls and Denver will be in the mid 50s, enough to melt away the nine inches of snow which fell there on Monday. Cloudy skies and a chance of rain summarize the situation in the Eastern third of the country.
Today: Sunny, high of 65°F (18°C)
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low of 50°F (10°C)
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, high of 60°F (15°C)