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November 19 – Bracing for Brutal Thanksgiving Cold

A weak storm system passes through New England on Tuesday. It brings mainly rain to CT, RI and SE MA, with a change to snow in the afternoon possible in northern CT and RI. A coating of snow is possible in the higher elevations. The temperature will fall from the mid to upper 30s Wednesday afternoon to the upper 20s to low 30s at midnight, so a few slick spots are possible in the evening. I do not expect widespread icy conditions. 

Wednesday is quiet and chilly before the real cold hits late Wednesday night. Watch out for snow squalls Wednesday late-afternoon and evening as the Arctic front passes and opens the door to record-breaking cold. Record low temperatures are possible on both Thursday and Friday, and a record cold high temperature is possible on Thursday. 

The cold is accompanied by gusty winds on Thursday, so look for wind chills near zero at the NYC parade, high school football games, and area road races. The chill stays in the single digits in the afternoon as the temperature nudges up to the upper teens to low 20s. It will likely be even colder Thursday night, but the wind relaxes so it feels about the same as Wednesday night. Lows will be in the single digits inland and teens all the way to the coast on Friday. If you’re heading out for some early-morning Black Friday deals, you’ll want to be bundled up!!! Friday afternoon is bright, but cold, with highs near freezing. 

Saturday starts out cold, but should get milder in the afternoon. Look for dry skies and highs in the mid 40s to low 50s. Rain is likely Saturday night into Sunday morning. It looks dry and decent Sunday afternoon with temps bouncing back to near 50. I expect another storm in the middle of next week. Right now, it looks like rain instead of snow. 

Fred Campagna

President and Chief Meteorologist - Right Weather LLC AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #756 AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist #126

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