At a Glance
- An arctic air mass will engulf the Northeast late this week.
- Some cities may see their coldest Thanksgiving Day on record.
- Low temperatures will be 15 to 25 degrees below average.
Another blast of cold air is expected to bring one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record for some Northeast cities.
A strong area of high pressure from the Arctic Circle will descend southward across Canada and into the Northeast, sending temperatures plummeting toward levels more common on New Year’s Day, not Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day will be unseasonably cold across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic — temperatures in some areas will drop 15° – 25° below average. This is what it means for DC.
The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday morning, with over 3.5 million people expected to line the streets of Manhattan to watch the dazzling display of balloons and floats.
The coldest air so far this season will descend on the Big Apple in time for the parade, accompanied by icy winds.
“It will be a cold day in New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so spectators will need to bundle up,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis, adding that dry, sunny weather would prevail for the festivities.
Chilling winds will negate any warmth from the sunshine.
As investors eagerly await channel check reports on this upcoming Black Friday shopping bonanza to confirm the US consumer is still propping up the economy, there could be some unexpectedly bad news that may disappoint Wall Street.
First, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has released new weather models that indicate a massive blast of arctic air could spread across the mid-Atlantic and North East regions during the upcoming holiday week, crippling shopping intentions and keeping millions of Americans away from their favorite retail outlet of choice.
ECMWF- Possibility of record cold temperatures through Black Friday
The brutally cold conditions could affect more than 120 million consumers during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
“A passing storm system will drag the coldest air of the season into the Northeast just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Temperatures will range from 20 to 30 degrees below average for the time of year later this week, leading to brutally cold conditions for many on both the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. While colder temperatures and recent snow may trigger shoppers to get in the holiday spirit, brutally cold temperatures and wind chills may stifle some shoppers’ plans to venture out on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday for those doorbuster sales,” said Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting.
Shopping on #BlackFriday in the Northeast? Current morning low temperature forecast from the European model:
Hartford CT: 2°F
Frozen shopping bags! pic.twitter.com/TTVl9MVhhm
— Ed Vallee | Vallee Wx Consulting (@EdValleeWx) November 18, 2018
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