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Thanksgiving Week Weather Forecast: Rain, Some Snow Possible in Central, Eastern U.S. | The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel logoThe Weather Channel 1 hr ago Chris Dolce

Multiple weather systems could affect travel or outdoors plans with rain or snow over the course of Thanksgiving Week this year.

Travel for Thanksgiving in 2020 is expected to be lighter than usual as fewer Americans hit the road or head to the airport because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to AAA.

Here's a daily look at what to expect for your holiday plans.

Wednesday's Forecast

The main systems we will be tracking on Wednesday is an area of low-pressure heading into the East and a cold front in the West.

-East: Rain could affect many locations from the Deep South into the Northeast Wednesday and Wednesday night. Much of the immediate East Coast might remain dry most of the day with rain moving in during the evening. Some snow or freezing rain is possible in parts of northern New England.

-Central: Rain will affect most areas from the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley and lower Mississippi Valley. Some stronger t-storms are possible. The Plains states will see generally dry conditions and mild temperatures.

-West: More rain showers and mountain snow showers are anticipated in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies while the Southwest remains warm and dry.

Thanksgiving Forecast

A majority of the country will enjoy a dry Thanksgiving. In the East, a cold front will allow some wet weather to linger for at least part of the day.

-East: Rain will likely linger in the East, particularly in the morning, with a few rumbles of thunder possible in the South. Far northern New England could see a mix of rain and snow, along with some ice. Showers may linger in parts of the Northeast into Thursday night.

-Central: The Plains, Midwest and most of the Mississippi Valley should be dry on Thanksgiving. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop toward the Gulf Coast, particularly Thursday night.

-West: Much of the West will continue to stay dry. Isolated rain and snow showers will remain possible in the Pacific Northwest and in the higher elevations of the Rockies.

No major intrusions of cold air are currently expected for Thanksgiving Day. High temperatures will generally be near to above average.

Much of the South will be in the pleasant 60s and 70s. Areas from the Northwest into the Midwest and Northeast should see highs generally in the 40s or 50s.

Friday's Forecast

The day after Thanksgiving could feature a new storm system organizing over the southern U.S. Most other areas of the country should avoid any major weather hassles.

-East: Most of the East Coast should be dry with mild temperatures on Friday. A few lingering showers are possible in parts of northern New England and lake-effect showers cannot be ruled out in the eastern Great Lakes.

-Central: Showers and thunderstorms are expected to return to areas from Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley into the Tennessee Valley, stretching into the Southeast by Friday night.

-West: Much of the West will be dry. A few showers might clip western Washington and a few rain and snow showers may develop in the southern Rockies.

Saturday's Forecast

A low pressure system will bring rain across much of the South, while most of the Lower 48 will be dry.

-East: Showers are likely to continue in parts of the Southeast. A few rain and snow showers are also possible in parts of northern New England and upstate New York.

-Central: The Midwest, Northern and Central Plains will remain dry. Rain and thunderstorms are expected in much of the Southern Plains into the South.

-West: Dry conditions will prevail across the western United States. An isolated rain or mountain snow shower cannot be ruled out in western Washington.

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