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Will You be Shoveling or Sunbathing this Thanksgiving?

Will You be Shoveling or Sunbathing this Thanksgiving?

If you’re headed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving, you may want to make sure you have a good set of snow tires.

The Farmers’ Almanac long-range weather forecast for Thanksgiving weekend is calling for light snow over much of the continental United States, including the New England and Mid-Atlantic, across the Great Lakes and plains states all the way into the Southwest. Only the Southeastern states and the Pacific Northwest are expected to escape this early start to winter. There, look for rainy, unsettled conditions.

Regardless of where you’ll be, this Thanksgiving looks like a good time to find your warmest sweater, start a fire or turn up the thermostat, and snuggle down under layers of blankets for a cozy weekend in.

Here’s a more detailed look at what we’ve forecast for Thanksgiving weekend in your neck of the woods:

Unsettled for Thanksgiving, with light snow, then clearing.

Great Lakes
Thanksgiving sees light snow through Michigan, Ohio, then fair.

Quick changes during Thanksgiving holiday: fair, then rain, quickly followed by clearing.

Rockies and Plains
Light snow Rockies, Plains east for Thanksgiving holiday.

South Central
Generally unsettled Thanksgiving holiday, with light snow Southern Rockies, Southern Plains. Fair, but rain Texas. Light snows New Mexico.

Unsettled, showery Thanksgiving.

Light snows for Nevada, Utah, parts of Arizona, then fair, cold.

Want more? Be sure to check out the Farmers’ Almanac long-range forecast for the rest of the year!


1 GreatLakesLover { 11.19.10 at 10:03 am }

Cleveland seeing snow? Shocker.

2 Jocee { 11.17.10 at 1:38 pm }

Hey!…be happy with what comes your way. The soldiers over in Afghanistan don’t get to choose! Blessed Thanksgiving to all!

3 Ted Aarstad { 11.17.10 at 1:28 pm }

I sure hope this is correct because the local weather forecasts are all predicting very cold temperatures, and snow. Lows in the teens, highs in the low 20′s. I like your version much more.

4 cindy { 11.17.10 at 12:02 pm }

I would love for it to be snowy in my area this Thanksgiving but it doen’nt look like that will be happening, but getting together with family will be nice even if I can’t throw a snowball or two at my sisters.

5 Former Phil 71 { 11.17.10 at 10:29 am }

I hope we have a cool Thanksgiving here in north west Florida.
We had a blistering summer worse than usual.
Then we had fall like weather for a week.69 days 39 nights, now back to 80.
They are saying La Nina is forming on the west coast and will cause us to have a drier and milder winter……….any thoughts on that.Please tell me it will not be 85 during the holidays.Ya just get tired of the heat after 24 years as a transplant from New York you look forward to cool breezy weather but not as bad as last year when it was 14 a few nights and high 30′s daytime for about 5 days.

6 Jaime McLeod { 11.17.10 at 10:14 am }

@ Bluegrass Boy – Yes, our forecast places Kentucky in Zone 2, the Midwest and Great Lakes region. You can view the map breakdown by clicking on the link for our long-range forecast located at the end of the story .

7 Raymond L. Chamber { 11.17.10 at 10:09 am }

Consulting the Farmer’s Almanac along with the Holy Bible gets me off to a good start of each new day. I have been doing this for a long time. My father got me into both peices a long time ago. His plantings never deviated from the “signs” as he called them. He fished by your perdictions as well.

Thanks, Ray Chambers

8 Bluegrass Boy { 11.17.10 at 9:49 am }

Where would Kentucky, particularly Northern Kentucky (Lexington) fall in the forecast locations?? I’ve always figured Great Lakes, but never really know. Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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