Get ready for bitter cold and possible snow squalls

Intense snow squalls will move through the region Wednesday afternoon and wind-chill factors could make Thanksgiving Day one of the coldest on record. The wind chill will drop as low as 2 degrees below zero. James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, said that the predicted high temperature of only 18 degrees Thursday and winds gusting to 35 miles per hour will create a wind chill that will make it feel like it's 5 degrees below zero in Portland.

New York City's forecast high is 27 degrees, which may not break the record for coldest Thanksgiving, but will likely be in the top 3.

Snow squalls are possible for western NY and Pennsylvania on Wednesday as an advancing cold front brings lake effect snow across the area.

This storm will be warmer with more moisture and could give the Sierra another foot of snow above 8,000 feet, but at pass level snow totals are more of a challenge because temperatures will be warmer.

According to The Weather Channel, "Forecast highs Thursday in New York City likely will not rise out of the 20s for the first time on Thanksgiving since 1901".

That said, howling winds are also said to be on the way and - should they reach 35mph - there is a chance that larger balloons will not be allowed to fly. That means outreach teams are scouring the streets to make sure people find shelter.

Sunny and dry weather will return for the Broncos game at Mile High on Sunday but it will stay chilly.

It depends on where you are going, of course. The Northeast metros could see rain early and throughout the day. Highs in the upper 50s. I don't expect roads to become a problem in most areas as temperatures will be marginally cold.

"Air typical of the heart of winter will anchor across the Northeast on Thanksgiving Day".

That rain changes to snow overnight and lasts into the morning Sunday.

  • Tracy Klein