Here’s your weather forecast for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the trip home

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  • Yet another “atmospheric river” storm is set to lash western Washington state with rain on Thursday.
  • In Central America, a strong cold front barreling across the region will bring down temperatures on Thanksgiving Day.
  • As of Sunday, travel trouble spots will include the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley, where some light snow is possible.

The weather should be calm on Thanksgiving Day across the country for last-minute travelers, except in waterlogged parts of the Pacific Northwest and parts of Central America.

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To the northwest, another “atmospheric river” storm is set to engulf western Washington state with rain on Thursday. National Weather Service said.

“Western Washington can expect a prolonged barrage of rich Pacific moisture, resulting in moderate to heavy rain on Thanksgiving,” the Weather Service said.


It’s already been a sultry November in Seattle; So far this month it has rained on 19 out of 23 days. AccuWeather said.

“Seattle has recorded 8.40 inches of rain so far in November, which is 174% above normal as of November 23,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Alyssa Smithmire.

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Apart from the Pacific Northwest, the vast majority of the West will enjoy a dry pattern “thanks to a strong dome of upper-level high pressure stretching from California to the Great Plains through Thanksgiving and into Black Friday.” The weather service said.

In Central America, temperatures will drop on Thanksgiving Day after a mild day on Wednesday with severe chills across the region. “The Front is set to bring another influx of cold, Canadian air to the Midwest and Southern Plains on Thanksgiving,” the Weather Service said.

Some rain will be along the front as it swings through: By Thanksgiving morning, moisture conditions are expected in the Ohio and mid-Mississippi valleys. Thunderstorms are also likely in southeast Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley.

Along the East Coast, Turkey Day will be on the mild side, with nice weather for an after-meal walk to work off some of those calories. Will climb as far north as Boston in the high 50s.

According to the Weather Service, by Friday, lake-effect snow showers will begin filtering cold air behind the cold front, but generally light accumulation is expected from the upper Great Lakes to the central Appalachians. Meteorologist Orelon Sidney said a mixture of snow and rain is also likely in parts of New England on Friday.

AccuWeather said the new blast of cold air is expected to bring the season’s lowest temperatures ever through Friday for much of the Midwest and Northeast.

For the weekend homecoming trip, by Saturday, more rain moves into Texas, Sydney said, while Seattle will still see some potential delays due to rain. On Sunday, she said trouble spots would include the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley, where some light snow is possible.

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