Record low already set in Worcester; Temperatures in the teens, low 20s expected through Thanksgiving

Record low already set in Worcester; Temperatures in the teens, low 20s expected through Thanksgiving
Weekend snow in forecast could affect travelers
MADISON, Wis. – An Alert Day has been added to the weather forecast for Sunday and Sunday night. A weather system late in the Thanksgiving holiday weekend could bring light snow accumulations that may impact travelers.

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, some scattered flurries are possible Wednesday afternoon and night, and there might even be a chance of a little freezing drizzle as well. No travel impacts are expected.

Thanksgiving Day will be cloudy but dry, and it should become breezy in the afternoon. High temperatures will climb into the mid-30s.

A weather system will affect Wisconsin from later Friday through early Saturday. With high temperatures climbing back into the mid-40s thanks to brisk, southerly winds, precipitation should be in the form of light rain and rain showers.

It is possible that a little snow may mix with the rain in locations well north of Madison on Friday night when temperatures fall into the upper 30s. Any precipitation should end early in the day Saturday, with skies becoming partly sunny in the afternoon.

A stronger storm system will affect the central Midwest on Sunday and Sunday night into Monday morning. A mixture of snow and rain will develop across Iowa and Illinois and should push into southern Wisconsin by afternoon. As temperatures fall to below freezing by evening, precipitation should change to all snow. Across southern Wisconsin, it looks like accumulations should be minor, generally in the 1- to 3-inch range by Monday morning. The heaviest amounts are more likely toward far southeastern Wisconsin near Racine and Kenosha. 

It is possible that moderate accumulations of 3 to 5 inches or more may occur south of Wisconsin in eastern Iowa through northern Illinois and into northwestern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. People planning on traveling into those areas should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to leave early or allow extra time for travel, as the higher snow totals coupled with late holiday weekend travel could make for a messy trip home.

New Yorkers are feeling the cold and wind Thursday evening after temperatures dropped more than 10 degrees and produced wind chills in the teens — a taste of what is to come on Thanksgiving.

The temperatures on Thanksgiving are projected to be the coldest since 1901, when the high was 26 degrees.

Hey NYC, Get ready! We could come close to the coldest Thanksgiving Day in 117 years and ever recorded at Central Park. pic.twitter.com/3iWD2NAW04

As of this writing, the projected high for Thanksgiving Day 2018 is 27 degrees. The low will be about 19.

Wind chills are projected to be between 6 and 12 degrees between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Thursday and will not improve much later on in the day.

The coldest New York City Thanksgiving on record? A high of 22 degrees on Turkey Day 1872. The last time New York City saw a Thanksgiving below the freezing mark was 1996.

The frigid air that is hitting the five boroughs actually originated in Siberia. It came to New York City on a jet stream pattern that went from Siberia, over the North Pole, and down into our area.

Temperatures were originally in the 40s earlier Wednesday, with wind chills in the 30s. The arctic air brought New Yorkers a brief coating of snow as well.

The temperatures will then climb into the high 40s and low 50s this weekend — although at the cost of rain showers.

landlords are required to maintain the heat inside at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or above when the temperature is 55 degrees or below outside between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., landlords are required to maintain the heat inside at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit or above, regardless of the temperature outside.

The city has implemented a "Cold Blue" effect that kicked in Wednesday morning. That means outreach teams are scouring the streets to make sure people find shelter.

During a "Code Blue," the citys shelter system cannot deny anyone brought in by an outreach team, and will accommodate walk-ins.

It depends on where you are going, of course. Projected Thanksgiving high temperatures are 39 degrees in Chicago and 35 in Washington D.C., but expect 22-degree temperatures if you decide to head to Boston. Highs in Los Angeles and Atlanta will be in the 60s.

The current forecast doesnt project the wind to be strong enough to ground the balloons, but gusts over 30 mph are possible and the balloons will fly lower than usual.

The iconic characters that soar between Manhattan skyscrapers will be grounded if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, based on city rules implemented after wind blew a "Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamp post near Central Park in 1997, critically injuring a woman.

The temperatures on Thanksgiving will be around 25 degrees below normal. The temperatures will be more like what New Yorkers see in January.


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