A mild, dry start to the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
Locally, windy and unusually mild weather develops Friday, with highs either-side of 60-degrees. The next system will bring with it more seasonal temperatures and periods of rain during Saturday and Sunday. Generally drier weather returns for much of next week.
On the Plains, recent warm, dry weather promoted some late-season winter wheat development. Meanwhile on the southern Plains, cotton, peanut, and sorghum harvest activities are nearing completion.
Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork—including late-season corn harvesting—remains on hold in the eastern Corn Belt due to soggy soils.
In the South, mild, dry weather across the remainder of the region favors a gradual return to outdoor activities.
In the West, Northwestern precipitation is benefitting winter grains but is causing holiday travel disruptions.
For Thanksgiving Day, mild, dry weather will prevail from the Plains to the East Coast. However, stormy weather will continue in the Northwest, while Thanksgiving Day showers will develop in southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico.
By week’s end, a slow-moving storm will begin to evolve across the nation’s mid-section. Showers will develop across the central and southern Plains by Friday, reaching the Mississippi Valley the following day. Some weekend snow may fall in the upper Midwest, while strong thunderstorms may develop across the South.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for colder-than-normal conditions from the Gulf Coast northward into the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation west of the Mississippi River will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather from the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic States into the Northeast.