Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time for Turkey! Thanksgiving treat in store for the Mid-South

As people all across the country prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, millions will be hitting the road and traveling to friends and family to celebrate. But will Mother Nature cooperate with your plans for the extended holiday weekend?

The Mild Mid-South

If you're heading out on the road starting on Wednesday, be prepared to fight the traffic, but not the weather. A fairly dry cold front is helping to knock down temperatures the day before your Thanksgiving holiday, with highs only cracking the low 50s in most spots, or about 10 degrees cooler than Tuesday. Sunny skies, however, will return as well. Those clear skies will continue Wednesday night, helping drop our temperatures near to below freezing, at around 30 degrees in the city and into the 20s outside the loop.

Much of the same conditions can be expected for your Thanksgiving holiday and continuing into Black Friday. The Memphis area can expect mostly sunny to clear skies with highs rising into the mid 50s for Thursday, and in the low 60s once again on Friday. Lows overnight will be chilly, with most in the mid 30s.

Highs for Thanksgiving across the metro will be in the mid 50s. (NWS)
The weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday will carry plenty of sunshine too, as high pressure builds into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys, keeping fair weather in the long-term picture for now. Temperatures will moderate in the upper 50s to low 60s for highs on Saturday and Sunday, with lows mostly in the low to mid 40s. Looks like awesome weather Saturday for the Memphis Tigers (finally!) as they close out their regular season with Senior Day at the Liberty Bowl!

Travel Trouble? Where?

For those who may be traveling some greater distances for the extended holiday, be prepared for some travel headaches in spots. As the cold front that will help drop our temperatures in the Mid-South slides east, a few showers and storms will be possible Wednesday into Thursday, especially over Florida and coastal Georgia. Some rain also cannot be ruled out across New England.

The surface map for Thanksgiving morning shows that it could be a wet start to your Turkey Day over the Northeast, with more showers and storms possible during the day in Florida. The Pac Northwest will also be wet. (NWS)
The next system that will work its way across the nation will be entering the picture by Thanksgiving day in the Pacific Northwest. If your travels take you to Washington and Oregon, be prepared for what could be a wet holiday in the making.

As always, be sure to stay tuned to the weather by downloading the MWN app on your phone or mobile device. We'll be continually monitoring the weather throughout the holiday weekend with updated forecasts by our team of forecasters, as well as updates through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

From all of us at #TeamMWN, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. We are certainly grateful for your continued support all year long!

Alex Herbst, Meteorologist
MWN Social Media Intern

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